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Old May 23 2013, 10:52 PM   #31
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Some of the Ellison stuff in it is at least suspect, probably just plain wrong ... but I can't remember anything else that seemed seriously 'off' even though that one part is enough to cast some aspersions on the veracity.
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Old May 23 2013, 10:59 PM   #32
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I'll tell ya one thing, this thread is making me want to start going through some of the episodes called out here and watch them just for their cinematography. I'm enjoying the Senensky commentary over at STHistory (I had forgotten about that site, since it had to shut down for a while didn't it?). So I'm thinking about going on a Senensky bender
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Old May 24 2013, 07:48 AM   #33
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He ain't the only one. George Meerhof the gaffer got canned for making some kind of stand for his people around the same time (is that in the Solow book?)
Just finished the Solow/Justman book for a third time, and I don't think that story is in it. Care to share some details?
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Old May 24 2013, 10:17 AM   #34
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He ain't the only one. George Meerhof the gaffer got canned for making some kind of stand for his people around the same time (is that in the Solow book?)
Just finished the Solow/Justman book for a third time, and I don't think that story is in it. Care to share some details?
George Merhoff's name appears in the credits of every episode as Gaffer all the way through and including "Turnabout Intruder." When did this firing take place?
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Old May 24 2013, 11:47 AM   #35
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One shot that has stuck with me was from behind a set of stairs as Ent crewmembers were marched down.

I believe it was in For the World Is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky, but I might be mistaken.
Yep, it's a very cool shot.

http://tos.trekcore.com/hd/thumbnail...bum=74&page=11
Funny, I thought of that too.

I think there was some sort of an odd shot of Kor's face in Errand of Mercy towards the end of the episode, in his office. I'm not sure if it was just a close up or an odd lens choice, but I was sure it looked different somehow.
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Old May 24 2013, 05:07 PM   #36
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He ain't the only one. George Meerhof the gaffer got canned for making some kind of stand for his people around the same time (is that in the Solow book?)
Just finished the Solow/Justman book for a third time, and I don't think that story is in it. Care to share some details?
George Merhoff's name appears in the credits of every episode as Gaffer all the way through and including "Turnabout Intruder." When did this firing take place?
I'm stumped with that one; if it wasn't that book, I can't think of another one that might be the source. I'm pretty certain I'm not confusing him with George Rader, because I'm sure he was on for the full run. Now I'm feeling bad for dumping most of my reference books and clippings back in '04.

Okay, I officially apologize for and retract the previous statement until I can find a source for it. I'm really pissed and puzzled right now.
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Old May 25 2013, 12:49 AM   #37
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Solow quit Paramount before the third season, and Justman only made it to episode 14 of that season. They don't talk that much about season three in the book because of that.
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Old May 25 2013, 01:17 AM   #38
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Just finished the Solow/Justman book for a third time, and I don't think that story is in it. Care to share some details?
George Merhoff's name appears in the credits of every episode as Gaffer all the way through and including "Turnabout Intruder." When did this firing take place?
I'm stumped with that one; if it wasn't that book, I can't think of another one that might be the source. I'm pretty certain I'm not confusing him with George Rader, because I'm sure he was on for the full run. Now I'm feeling bad for dumping most of my reference books and clippings back in '04.

Okay, I officially apologize for and retract the previous statement until I can find a source for it. I'm really pissed and puzzled right now.
The unfortunate anecdote is related in STAR TREK MEMORIES by William Shatner. If I recall (I'm at work now), Merhoff was in charge of the lighting crew when the studio blamed them for some schedule slippage. Merhoff started keeping a notebook of times and events, and proved that it was really directors who were to blame.

For his trouble, Merhoff was demoted from crew boss to one of the grunts. It was unfair and humiliating, but that's office politics in a nutshell.

Correct me if you have the book at hand.
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Old May 25 2013, 05:03 AM   #39
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It certainly looks like something happened to Merhoff. Granted, his IMDB profile may not be complete, but post-Star Trek his only credit is the movie Brother John (which, probably not coincidentally, was directed by two-time Trek director James Goldstone and shot by Jerry Finnerman).
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