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This was one of my first set designs that I made back in 1989. A few months before, I had visited the set of, "Star Trek:The Next Generation." I was invited to Paramount Studios for an interview that lasted over 2 hours with the production designer, Richard D. James. I was encouraged to get my college degree and never stop working hard. They said to, "Keep in touch and keep on Trekkin'." I did just that and made everything that I did in college something that was worthy to be seen on the show. I never asked anyone how to do any of the work. I came up with ideas and found the best way with a very low budget and made it happen. It was the ideas that were most important. Keep in mind that in 1989 nothing like this had ever been done before, even on the show. I was doing things that they didn't have time to do and was experimenting with the simple question, "What if?" What if the federation built underground bases on moons where they blasted holes in the rock then stuck in the technology? What if Federation tech had more design lines? What if the Federation was looking for alternative energy sources such as bioenergy (before, "The Matrix" same idea) and wiped out an entire planet in that pursuit? I never worked on the show officially, but.... ;)

I introduced multi-functional displays in my designs. No big deal NOW but in the 1980's it blew people's minds. The idea of having 1 computer perform hundreds or thousands of purposes was unheard of. Yes, some of those are plastic plates ;)