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    Sextants for Star Trek
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2008 Dec 5, 11:11 -0800

    Here's an odd one...
    
    There is a community of science fiction fans that produces rather high-end 
    "fan films" based on the Star Trek franchise. These are not just 'YouTube' 
    videos. They're a little amateurish, true, but they are produced as genuine 
    films and they attract real talent. They call their series of films "Star 
    Trek: New Voyages". There is a web site where you can download the episodes 
    they've made so far: www.StarTrekNewVoyages.com.
    
    Now at this point, as you read this post, you're either rolling your eyes or your intrigued. :-)
    
    10: IF INTRIGUED GOTO 20 ELSE END 
    20: READ ON...
    
    Here's a short notice that these folks published in the Staff Bulletin of Mystic Seaport in September:
    "Wanted: To borrow or barter for.... sail era navigational instruments, to be 
    used for set decoration in our navigator's quarters during an October film 
    shoot in upstate New York. Star Trek New Voyages is an award winning Internet 
    series done entirely by volunteers, and I really want our navigators room to 
    reflect a respect for the history of his craft. Instruments do not have to be 
    in working condition. Credit will be given and deal can include an invitation 
    to the sets. (We also need a good-sized wooden ship's wheel to be donated). 
    Contact Patty Wright at 413-977-9138, or andriech[AT]comcast.net "
    
    I sent her an email asking if she had any luck and whether it would be all 
    right to mention this on NavList. She replied,
    "No, I didn't have luck with this request. Although our October shoot is gone, 
    we film again next June and October, and I would still be interested in 
    having these items for those shoots... or to add permanently to our "prop" 
    collection. Yes, please post it on the NavList, and thank you for offering. I 
    had no idea this place existed. You may want to include a link to our 
    production so folks can see what they are participating in. (something I 
    didn't put in the staff bulletin) The link is www.startreknewvoyages.com  
    Seems like there must be one Star Trek fan out there with a broken sextant 
    they would donate for a chance to walk on the bridge of the Enterprise!"
    
    I can just imagine the line spoken by the captain as he casts his eyes over 
    the starship navigator's collection of ancient instruments:
    "Is that a kamal? ...an old octant... a mid 20th century Husun sextant, an 
    original Garmin handheld GPS unit!, and wow, that must be one of the first 
    quintaths from the methane-sea-cruisers of Ceti Alpha 9..." 
    
    It just writes itself, doesn't it?
    
    -FER
    http://www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
    
    
    
    
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