Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
Is Thomas Vanderbilt supposed to be a descendant of the famous Vanderbilt family?
I have no idea. Vanderbilt was established as the first UFP president in a newspaper clipping created for Picard's family album in Generations
, but never seen on camera, so it's apocryphal. But The Romulan War
mentioned him as Earth's defense minister during the war and interior minister at the time of the UFP's founding ceremony. I figured having the first president be the wartime defense minister fit into the narrative I had in mind, so I went with the apocryphal source.
Just my two cents:
I hope Vanderbilt isn't depicted as a member of the Vanderbilt dynasty. Star Trek
is supposed to be about, amongst other things, a future when humanity has moved beyond Capitalism and its elitist social hierarchies; it would be kind of disgusting if it were to implicitly celebrate Capitalist elitism by portraying the early UFP as perpetuating such hierarchies.