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“Trials and Tribble-ations of a Master of Properties” by Irving Feinberg

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Back when Star Trek was still on the air on NBC, folks could write in and become a member of the Star Trek Fan Club.  One of the perks of joining the Fan Club was receiving the monthly edition of a small newsletter–Inside Star Trek.  These newsletters were just a few pages along and were mimeographed.

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Dr. McCoy’s Stelton-Brand Salt Shaker “Scalpels”

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Folks may heard the story of how Gene Roddenberry wanted some salt shakers for “The Man Trap”–which ended up not being appropriate for use as salt shakers–so Gene asked that they be pressed into service as medical and surgical instruments for Doctor McCoy. Gene Roddenberry had this to say in the book The Making of Star Trek by Stephen E. Whitfield & Gene Roddenberry:

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Starfleet Equipment Tester (Square D-Brand Wigginton-style DC Polarity Tester)

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There is a prop we’ve seen occasionally in Star Trek The Original Series that seems to be some type of electronic device used for testing shipboard equipment. This Equipment Tester is first seen very briefly in “The Corbomite Maneuver.” Some unnamed crewmember is using it to check one of the plant-ons on one of the bulkheads in the ship’s corridors:

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Mavig’s Harp from “The Way to Eden”

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In addition to Mister Spock’s famous “Vulcan Harp” seen a handful of times, there is another musical instrument we saw once in Star Trek:The Original Series.  In the third season’s “The Way to Eden,” (episode 75)–written by Michael Richards and Arthur Heineman and directed by David Alexander–we got to see the character credited as “Girl # 1” (she was identified by name in the actual shooting script for “The Way to Eden” as “Mavig”) play some alien stringed musical instrument.

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