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How Las Vegas missed out on a life-sized Starship Enterprise

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Sam I Am, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Damn shame. I would have went to Vegas just to see this beast.

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    In 1992, plans were in the works to create a life-sized Starship Enterprise in downtown Las Vegas. The model ship would have been roughly as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall, and would have contained all the key rooms and areas from the original Star Trek series. Vegas business owners loved the idea, and so did Paramount Licensing. So what went wrong?

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    With downtown Las Vegas losing tourist bucks to the Strip, the Downtown City Fathers decided to hold a competition for a major attraction that would bring people back downtown and into the casinos and hotels. Entertainment design firm the Gary Goddard Group came up with a brilliant idea, one that bring starshiploads of tourists to downtown Vegas, even folks who might not otherwise visit the city: the Star Trek Experience.

    The life-sized Enterprise model would be one of those grand attractions that you would see when you were flying into Vegas. According to the plan, there would be live Star Trek shows aboard the Enterprise, and tours of the show's familiar settings. The Group was told by Paramount Licensing that they should have no problem getting the approval of the studio chairman once the project was approved, and the Las Vegas redevelopment committee loved the idea.

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  2. Cythim

    Cythim Benched

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    Wow, one guy was afraid of failure and crushed the entire project. That is sad.
     
  3. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    That would have been awesome!
     
  4. CowboyWay

    CowboyWay If Coach would have put me in, we'd a won State

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    I don't like the show, and I enjoy making fun of trekkies, but even I have to admit, this would have been awesome.
     
  5. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like.

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    Wow. That would have been amazing.
     
  6. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    They should have built a "Super Train".
     
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    You mean bullet trains? They are building several. The Texas cluster is expected to be completed in 2020 and reach speeds of 220mph. It will connect Dallas/Fort, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
     
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Sad thing was Jaffe was only head of Paramount for a couple of years. Just happened to be there in time to screw something else up. He had a lousy record there anyway.
     
  9. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    Wow, I definitely would have gone!

    Just a few weeks ago, I trundled over to the Smithsonian American History museum JUST to see Spock's ears (among a few other things), but they weren't currently on display. :(
     
  10. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    He failed anyhow. :facepalm: <-- Picard facepalm is fitting. :laugh2:
     
  11. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    :lmao::lmao2:
     
  12. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Someone needs to do it with the Millennium Falcon.
     
  13. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    And maybe a Death Star in Texas.... Oh wait, we already have one. :laugh2:
     
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Hunka Hunka Burning BP Staff Member

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    Now we just need X-Wing fighters to drop a bomb in the turbo shaft that just so happens to be where the strongest contingent of fans from the opposing team is sitting during the game. :D
     
  15. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong Zone Supporter

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    Been to Vegas once. Zero interest in going back. Tickets would have been booked if they had built the Enterprise.
     
  16. Achilleslastand

    Achilleslastand Well-Known Member

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    I did see the star trek experience in the late 90s in vegas but this woulda been sweet!
     
  17. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365

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    :laugh2:
     
  18. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    That would be pretty awesome, would definitely have gone to see it.
     
  19. Afigueroa22

    Afigueroa22 Well-Known Member

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    That would be.....awesome.
     
  20. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    It's in Orlando.....
     

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