ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterprise

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  1. junkdata

    junkdata Lieutenant Commander

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    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/art...rise-His-wife-s-proud-sister-calls-freak.html

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

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/10/1404987074052_wps_1_EXCLUSIVE_LONG_ISLAND_NY_.jpg

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

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/07/10/1404987929624_wps_9_EXCLUSIVE_LONG_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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  2. JirinPanthosa

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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.
     
  3. junkdata

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    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.
     
  4. Push The Button

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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.
     
  5. KaineMorrison

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    1 - This guy modeled it off of the NX-01... EW!
    2 - He lives near me!
     
  6. mythme

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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.
     
  7. junkdata

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    Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

    I've seen better.
     
  9. Tommunist

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    Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

    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.
     
  10. Last Redshirt

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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.
     
  11. 2takesfrakes

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    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.
     
  12. Fruitcake

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    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.
     
  13. LOKAI of CHERON

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

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    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-leicestershire-16772477
     
  14. Last Redshirt

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    Ah, that's a shame. I thought it was really cool.
     
  15. junkdata

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    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.
     
  16. BillJ

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    I like Star Trek, but I like the real world too.
     
  17. LOKAI of CHERON

    LOKAI of CHERON Commodore Commodore

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    Exactly.

    I've seen many comments from fans pondering how cool it would be live in that Hinckley flat. But it's just way, way too much.

    I love escaping into the world of Star Trek - heck, I'd describe myself as an obsessed fanboy. But literally waking up and living in an authentic TNG style flat would only diminish the experience of Star Trek for me.

    Honestly, it doesn't surprise me his marriage went south - I'm shocked she let him do it at all. My wife would politely tell me to f**k off if I even suggested anything like that!
     
  18. Last Redshirt

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    I have to agree. I think it would be cool for maybe a weekend or so, but, day-after-day? No.
     
  19. Toxteth O´Grady

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    I think this is pretty cool. If he has the money to do it, why not?
     
  20. varek

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    Re: ST obsessed fan spends 3yrs and $500k turning basement into Enterp

    Is he the Captain of his ship? What is it called? Are his young officers Academy graduates, or are they still students?