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Join 1701News In Welcoming Michael, Denise Okuda

The Okuda Corner blog finds a new home right here

There are plenty of places to get Star Trek news and information, and we hope 1701News is at least somewhere on your daily online travel list. Since our founding as a co-venture with Roddenberry Entertainment a couple of years ago, the overall dream has been to make 1701News the destination for Star Trek fans. We've been doing that by providing news we hope you find interesting, columnists that entertain as well as inform and taking a journalistic approach through our decades of experience not necessarily common elsewhere on the Web. So on behalf of our partners at R ...
 | Jul-31-2015 | 
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Emmy-Winning VFX Artist Gary Hutzel Dies

Work was featured in 'The Next Generation,' 'Deep Space Nine'

Gary Hutzel, the award-winning visual effects artist for shows like "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," has died. He was 60. "We are reeling in shock at the sudden death of our friend and colleague, Gary Hutzel," Michael and Denise Okuda, fellow visual effects artists, announced on Facebook Thursday. "His creativity, dedication and unfailing good humor helped make him a major contributor to the worlds of Star Trek: TNG and DS9, as well as 'Battlestar Galactica' and numerous other projects that were fortunate to benefit from his genius." Hutzel ...
 | Mar-3-2016 | 
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SpaceShipOne: Taming The Threshold Of Space

Venture marked the first privately-funded human space flight in history

Early one morning, more than 10 years ago, we drove up to the Mojave desert to see a tiny spaceship make a remarkable flight. The date was June 21, 2004. The Mojave desert was dark and cold. Cactus and scrub brush stretched for miles. We smiled as we recalled Capt. Pike’s line from “The Cage,” in which he remarked that he’d love to live in the beautiful “parklands” in Mojave, which presumably becomes an oasis in Gene Roddenberry’s future. By the time we pulled into the makeshift parking lot at the Mojave Airport, it was already packed with thousands of other space enthusiasts, ...
 | Mar-1-2016 | 
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Longtime Trek Scenic Artist Anthony Fredrickson Dies

He met his late wife, Penny Juday, on the set of 'Deep Space Nine'

Anthony Fredrickson, an artist whose signature is all over modern Star Trek, died Feb. 15. His age nor where he died was released by StarTrek.com, which made the announcement. However, the site did say he died after a heart attack. The news is particularly stunning to his family, since Fredrickson's passing came just weeks following the death of his wife, Star Trek art coordinator Penny Juday, who both met on the set of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" in the 1990s. Juday died Dec. 19. Fredrickson got his start in Hollywood on the set of "Dick Tracy" in 1990 as the makeup lab m ...
 | Feb-18-2016 | 
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Design Assignment: Space Rescue

NASA's Hubble repair mission required backup plan

The space shuttle Columbia tragedy in 2003 profoundly changed the way NASA handled its space shuttle missions. The space agency ordered that plans for a rescue mission be made for each shuttle flight. Just in case. Most shuttle missions after Columbia were to the International Space Station. If there was a problem with the shuttle, the crew could hang out on the station until a rescue shuttle could be prepped and launched. But this plan would not have worked in 2009 for the last Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, code-named STS-125. Space shuttle Atlantis had to ...
 | Jan-12-2016 | 
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'Star Trek' Found New Clarity With Remastered Episodes

Team brought updated effects, details to life for CBS Home Entertainment

We grew up watching and loving the original "Star Trek." So when Dave Rossi asked us if we would help out with CBS’s remastering of the classic show in high definition, we were thrilled. Of course we were skeptical about the project, but Rossi and the folks at CBS Home Entertainment soon convinced us that they’d give our favorite show the respect it deserves The idea was to use HD to bring out the beautiful detail and incredibly rich colors that were always present in the original film, but had been lost in the murkiness of standard-definition video. One problem: CBS kn ...
 | Oct-12-2015 | 
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7 Things You Won't Want To Miss At VegasCon

In Sin City? Be sure to make it worthwhile this weekend

There's nothing like celebrating Star Trek than with the annual Creation Entertainment convention in Las Vegas, billed as the official Star Trek convention each year. The 2015 edition, celebrating 49 years of the franchise, has a guest list a mile long — and so much activity you won't even find time to hit the slot machines. So for those who have limited time, or simply want to make sure they have a chance to see the best of VegasCon, here's our list of musts at this year's convention. RESTORING THE ENTERPRISE One of the most exciting things to happen on the ...
 | Aug-7-2015 | 
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Nerd Camp: Discovering Inspirational Values Of Science-Fiction

Michael and Denise Okuda bring popular blog to 1701News

Denise and I used to have a blog, but it went offline a couple of years ago. Since then, we’ve been meaning to bring it back, but you know how it goes. There’s always something more pressing. Our friends at 1701News have generously agreed to host some of our old and new postings, which they’ll start putting up in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s a special report on our recent visit to our favorite starship. The door was locked, but a swipe of a security access card rewarded us with a satisfying “click.” Someone pushed the double doors o ...
 | Jul-31-2015 | 
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Michael, Denise Okuda Reflect On Trek

Duo helped guide franchise's art direction; plus, 'Enterprise' Season 4 discussed

Star Trek’s sprawling history is an artistic playground for Michael and Denise Okuda, who spent years helping to shape the franchise’s art direction. Serving as a graphic designer, art supervisor and technical consultant, Michael built a television career spanning four series from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to "Star Trek: Enterprise," and he worked on seven of the franchise’s feature films. Denise, his wife, served as a scenic artist and computer/video supervisor on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Enterprise"; her feature film credits include ...
 | Aug-22-2013 | 
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