GUEST BLOG: Wow, The Real-Life Birthplace of The Enterprise - TODAY

GUEST BLOG: Wow, The Real-Life Birthplace of The Enterprise - TODAY

Buddy Dayton Ward's reposting of this iconic 1964 photo with a reminder of the 49th birthday of the "real" NCC-1701 recently was a great kick in the butt to get something done I'd meant to do for years.

Meant to, in fact, ever since we had first published that photo and many more 13 years ago in a great piece by model historian William McCullars in the old Communicator (#132). It was a piece that made me realize once again that, duh, we do live in SoCal here—and that once again the future "San Francisco" had again been faked for Star Trek. About a mile from me.

For just as, say, the Bird-of-Prey "Bounty" had really set down on Will Rogers' polo field in ST IV, not Golden Gate Park... so too were the Starfleet "San Francisco Navy Yards" actually located at ... 104 E. Providencia in Burbank. That, you see, was the 1964 location of Volmer Jensen's Production Models Shop ... and the location of that iconic photo above, snapped on the occasion as primary model contractor Richard C. Datin (at left in photo) took delivery of the 11-footer for Howard A. Anderson Effects and Desilu.

I had been meaning for years to go over, scout the area, and try to recreate the angles in that now-famous photo—and another couple more we had from William but didn't publish. It was Dec. 30, only a day later and about the same long-shadowed time of late afternoon.

What I found... was astounding. Compare for yourself—12/29/64 vs. 12/30/13:


Larry Nemecek, author of The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion and the new Star Trek: Stellar CartographyStar Trek Magazine columnist and longtime editor of Star Trek Communicator, played Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues and is currently producing The Con of Wrath, a documentary about the most “glorious failure” convention ever, and the TREKLAND: ON CD audio series from his interview archives. Larry shares his years as Star Trek author, historian, consultant and insider at conventions and on  His posts and original video chats with all your favorites are at, plus @larrynemecek on Twitter and Larry Nemecek’s Trekland on Facebook.


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