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   xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 1 12:47 AM

Nov 1, 2010: Spacey Hood Doodad

This is the drawing submitted to the US Patent Office in 1951, by Alexander S. Tremulis.
It's a patent for an aftermarket hood ornament.



-------------------------------grumble . mumble . so what . wtf . who cares . who . why


OK, simmer down... In the 40's, Alexander S. Tremulis had also done the Tucker Automobile prototype designs.
They were pretty spacey, right?



-------------------------------grumble . mumble . so what . wtf . who cares . who . why


Rough crowd...

How about this design, Tremulis did later on?



-------------------------------yay . trek . cool . love trek . wow . kirkmobile . i like . whoopee


Yeah, that's what I thought, ya nerds.

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SPUCK  Monday Nov 1 05:59 AM

!!! That hood ornament was an earlier Enterprise.



newtimer  Monday Nov 1 08:54 AM

Wow! I always wondered why there was a sensor dish on the front of the Tucker Torpedo's hood.



glatt  Monday Nov 1 09:16 AM

I immediately thought of the Enterprise when I saw the hood ornament. Pretty cool!



Clodfobble  Monday Nov 1 09:24 AM

Yeah, I thought the story was going to be that the guy was now suing the Star Trek folks because he came up with the ship design back in the 50s.



Happy Monkey  Monday Nov 1 10:49 AM

What on Earth (or any Federation planet) is the purpose of a patent for a hood ornament? It's nonfunctional design, shouldn't it be a copyright or trademark?



Trilby  Monday Nov 1 10:57 AM

I want that cool red car.



glatt  Monday Nov 1 11:03 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey View Post
What on Earth (or any Federation planet) is the purpose of a patent for a hood ornament? It's nonfunctional design, shouldn't it be a copyright or trademark?
Design patent. You can patent designs. Car shapes are patented all the time.


monster  Monday Nov 1 11:20 AM

That hood ornament would look most excellent on my Windstar.



wolf  Monday Nov 1 11:31 AM

Now I want to find my copy of Gene Roddenberry's Inside Star Trek and Making of Star Trek to see if he mentions Tremulis in the section on determining the design of the Enterprise. I don't remember his name in there, though.

I also immediately thought of the Enterprise when I saw the design drawings.



TomBow  Monday Nov 1 01:06 PM

It is a nice yarn, but I think it has the making of an urban legend.
The star trek books I have do not mention Tremulis at all. they just mention the collaboration of Roddenberry and Matt Jefferies, Sam Peeples was also mentioned.
They searched Sci-Fi magazines back to 1931, no mention of any hood ornaments.



Trilby  Monday Nov 1 01:14 PM

See?

Mention Star Trek and the nerds come out.




spudcon  Monday Nov 1 01:36 PM

Hey! Just because I have a pocket protector, glasses held together with scotch tape, a booger smeared on my back, and a Star Trek shirt doesn't mean I'm a nerd!



monster  Monday Nov 1 01:39 PM

Matt Jeffries is credited with the design of the enterprise in most of the articles I've seen. Question is, did he steal the design? Hmmm?



wolf  Monday Nov 1 02:16 PM

Inside Star Trek has the original drawings ... first one looked like a baseball with a couple of engine nacelles poked into it, as I recall.

Matt Jefferies is the designer whose name I remember also. He's why they're called "Jefferies Tubes.

Here's an article with the drawings.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 1 04:04 PM

He was a busy guy, in '44, spaceships.



In '55, earmuffs.



In '70, a motorhome he designed, and drove to a land speed record.



It looks like I was deceived on the Enterprise, probably a mind-meld.



SPUCK  Tuesday Nov 2 06:16 AM

That hood ornament is the last one you'd want to see if you were an unfortunate pedestrian.

A vivisectioner.



wolf  Friday Nov 5 11:33 PM

In the early 80s I had an FM stereo radio headset that looked a lot like those earmuffs. Great programming accessory.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Nov 6 10:04 AM

By the way, did you know Vulcan is in Canada? It are, it are!



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