I'm re-posting this article from 2011 because I actually found the photo mentioned in the story, and have updated the post accordingly. I also discovered that I had the year wrong - in the original post, I remembered these events taking place in 1976, but from the date stamped on the back of the photograph by the developer, it was actually the Spring of 1980.
Not my photo...
in the Spring of 1980, when I was 16 years-old, my family took a vacation trip
to Washington D.C. with a side trip to the Amish country of
Pennsylvania. I was particularly excited to visit the Smithsonian's Air
& Space Museum because I knew that the original U.S.S. Enterprise model, used in the filming of Star Trek,
was on display there. Everything else about that trip was pretty much
of secondary importance to me. What really mattered was getting to see
that iconic starship with my own eyes.
Also not my picture...
Upon our arrival at the Air & Space Museum, I dragged my family right past the Spirit of St. Louis
and the Wright Bros. plane - though I did stop briefly to examine the
Apollo capsule they had on display - and headed for the "Life In The
Universe?" exhibit, where, suspended from the ceiling, was the Enterprise in
all her glory. With my little Kodak camera, I took almost a dozen
photos of the starship, from just as many different angles, and marveled
at being in the ship's presence. Eventually, my parents dragged me
away, and I enjoyed the rest of my visit to the museum.
THIS is my photo!
when I had my film developed after our trip, I discovered that the
camera had jammed, leaving me with a single print - of a dozen superimposed images of the Enterprise from a dozen angles. Oddly, the camera worked fine before and after I tried to shoot the model. Hmmm....
I understand that the Enterprise is
still on display at the Air & Space Museum, although it's been
repainted a few times and moved to the Gift Shop. One of these days, I
hope to get back there and visit the great lady again....