So one of my donations to The Star Trek Tours is being a Sunday tour guide at the sets. This last Sunday a family came in dressed in uniforms, I know these were hardcore fans and clearly Dad was the main force behind it. So when you enter the tour you come into the set through the shuttle craft landing bay air lock. We place the new arrivals in front of the air lock double pocket door, when the doors opens you see the ships corridor in full glory! This family lined up in front of the door, Dad first. I opened the doors and the man’s lower lip started quivering, tears were pouring down his face, he turned to me and said I’ve been waiting 50 years to see this! At that moment I said to myself “This is why I do this!!” The joy I felt giving this family the tour was beyond belief. Over and over again this guy continued to shutter as we entered each room, his family came armed with cameras to capture dad’s moments of glory on the Starship Enterprise. At the end of the tour, the moment this man got to sit in the captain’s chair… I thought he was going to pop! I follow them outside talking with him, he looked into the sky and said “God you can take me now, I’ve seen everything!” With that he then thanked me and said we will return.
This is why I want to be part of this Group, this is why we built these sets! It takes me 2-1/2 hours of driving to get there, $60 dollars of gas and food every weekend but it is worth every moment spent on the Enterprise, my life long fantasy! Helping to build the sets, being able to look at the warp core and say I put those tubes in place, or I helped build two bridge stations… doesn’t get any better than that. “Thank you” James Cawley for making so many dreams come true for so many people.