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If you’ve been to Las Vegas, NV and had time to venture away from the strip, you’ve probably seen the Fremont Street Experience. It’s the revitalized downtown project that hosts a 1,500-foot long overhead video tunnel. But in 1992, that project almost became a life-sized Starship Enterprise.
Gary Goddard and his designers had spent months developing, engineering and pitching the concept of a life-sized Enterprise as a new 8th Wonder of the World. It would have a tour, a Star Fleet restaurant, and immerse fans in the world of Star Trek. They had Las Vegas officials on board and Paramount Studios licensing reps were ready for the millions in revenue. It came down to a meeting with studio CEO Stanley Jaffe.
And Stanley Jaffe single-handedly killed the idea. Maybe they’ll never know exactly why, but it seemed like he was afraid it would be a flop forever attached to his name. Which, of course, would have been impossible.
Read the full, riveting tale at the Goddard Group blog.