Just out of curiosity, can anyone post a link to the Gene Roddenberry quote saying that it is the Yorktown?
Like so many things in the pre-internet era, it was cited from a variety of different sources, but Memory Alpha listed most of them.
Memory Alpha article:
Gene Roddenberry, in a nod to his original name choice from 1964, suggested that the
Yorktown was renamed USS
Enterprise-A at the end of Star Trek IV, explaining why the latter ship seemed to be launched so quickly at the end of the movie. The Next Generation fourth season writer's technical manual also indicated this to be the case. This was further validated when, in the [Star Trek] Encyclopedia, Mike Okuda described the
Yorktown in 2293 as [the renamed
And would we be having this conversation if anyone else had made this kind of comment, especially anyone not directly involved with the making of the movies?
Definitely, because it's still a very plausible idea that the Enterprise
-A was a renamed existing vessel (be it the Yorktown
or some other Constitution-class ship).