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Old July 11 2014, 03:17 AM   #1
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ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterprise

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyFP_sUEGr4

Fantastic story from the UKs Daily Mail.

I think its more of a memorabilia thing, than a exact replica thing, but his yard is basically full of touches to make it look like a ship, like the show.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...lls-freak.html

(His wife's proud. His sister calls him 'a freak')

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...ISLAND_NY_.jpg

The basement even has its own windows to look out into deep space

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/...ISLAND_NY_.jpg

An obsessive Star Trek fan has spent $500,000 transforming the basement of his home into a replica of the Starship Enterprise.

Anthony Sforza, 48, from Long Island, New York, has been collecting memorabilia from the cult show since the 1980s.

Original report by DARREN BOYLE (Daily Mail)

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Old July 11 2014, 03:29 AM   #2
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

I'm so tempted to judge this guy but I've spent a lot of money on silly things too. Not $500k, more like a few thousand. But hey, this guy has a wife and a family who tolerate this, he must be doing something right.
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Old July 11 2014, 03:32 AM   #3
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

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I'm so tempted to judge this guy but I've spent a lot of money on silly things too. Not $500k, more like a few thousand. But hey, this guy has a wife and a family who tolerate this, he must be doing something right.
He must be earning too. Lets face it. It better than spending it on booze and cigarettes. Could probably get a good bit of resale on it too. He should hook up with the powers that be, and turn it into a museum.
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Old July 11 2014, 03:34 AM   #4
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

I say this with all due respect, and as a lifelong Trek fan, but...

really?

$500k would have fed a lot of hungry people, or vaccinated a lot of kids, or done a lot more good in a thousand other ways.

The needs of the many..you know the rest.
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Old July 11 2014, 03:42 AM   #5
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

1 - This guy modeled it off of the NX-01... EW!
2 - He lives near me!
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Old July 11 2014, 03:48 AM   #6
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

from the photos, its hard to see exactly where the money went. Looks very modest to me.

But I don't judge. Its just another man-cave. No different than spending tons of cash on sports memorabilia or a home bar with pool table, air hockey, etc.
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Old July 11 2014, 03:56 AM   #7
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyFP_sUEGr4

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Old July 11 2014, 04:54 AM   #8
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

I've seen better.
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Old July 11 2014, 06:07 AM   #9
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

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I say this with all due respect, and as a lifelong Trek fan, but...

really?

$500k would have fed a lot of hungry people, or vaccinated a lot of kids, or done a lot more good in a thousand other ways.

The needs of the many..you know the rest.
For all we know, he does contribute to more "useful" social causes. And his taxes help fund social programs that do such "good deeds".

Either way, it's hard to put a price on passion, especially over time.
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Old July 11 2014, 06:41 AM   #10
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

I thought the one fellow who turned his whole apartment into the TNG-era style was better. I can't seem to recall his name, but, it was very cool-looking.
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Old July 11 2014, 11:28 AM   #11
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

For that kind of money, he could've gotten himself a competent Interior Decorator and had a really cool place to show off to the press. As it is, living in a STAR TREK diorama is ... tacky.
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Old July 11 2014, 12:19 PM   #12
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Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

He's a collector. Seems fine to me. Sure I wouldn't do it exactly like that (I'd collect art) but its no different than having a bunch of antiques or a great library of rare books.
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Old July 11 2014, 02:59 PM   #13
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I thought the one fellow who turned his whole apartment into the TNG-era style was better. I can't seem to recall his name, but, it was very cool-looking.
That was chap from a small town in Leicestershire, England. His wife left him and he's since filed for bankruptcy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-16772477
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Old July 11 2014, 03:22 PM   #14
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I thought the one fellow who turned his whole apartment into the TNG-era style was better. I can't seem to recall his name, but, it was very cool-looking.
That was chap from a small town in Leicestershire, England. His wife left him and he's since filed for bankruptcy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-16772477
Ah, that's a shame. I thought it was really cool.
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Old July 11 2014, 06:44 PM   #15
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I thought the one fellow who turned his whole apartment into the TNG-era style was better. I can't seem to recall his name, but, it was very cool-looking.
That was chap from a small town in Leicestershire, England. His wife left him and he's since filed for bankruptcy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england...shire-16772477
Ah, that's a shame. I thought it was really cool.
Yeah, that guy literally was living on the ship.

Geek or no geek, who wouldnt want to spend some time chilling on the bridge...would be cool beyond uncool.
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