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Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

March 19, 2009 at 1:54 PM

Are all the “Star Trek” furniture fanatics from here?

The New York Times ran a story about “Star Trek” fanatics who love the show so much, they’ve installed Captain Kirk chairs in their homes.

These are replicas of the captain’s chair on the Starship Enterprise, which people are building themselves (or buying since they went on sale last fall).

An excerpt:

“The closet command-chair Trekkies have come out of the closet,” said Keith Marshall, 45, an unemployed phlebotomist, emergency medical technician, corrections officer and firefighter whose uncompleted chair, currently sitting in his brother’s garage, is slated for his own living room in Bonney Lake, Wash.

Marshall’s not the only guy doing this in the Northwest. In fact it’s striking how many of the Kirk chair builders live around here.

The story isn’t a survey, but four of the six Kirk chair owners in the story are in this region.

Their geographic distribution: Washougal, Bonney Lake, Auburn and Cranbrook, B.C. Also quoted was a guy in Kentucky and another in San Francisco.

It didn’t mention Mercer Island’s Paul Allen, who has one of the originals in his Science Fiction Museum at Seattle Center.

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