Dumpster divers aside, your average person would be surprised at what ends up in the trash. In August 2012, a Star Trek fan found Paramount-built Star Trek Enterprise-D display bridge in the dumpster. In a moment of complete idealistic insanity Huston Huddleston decided he wanted to preserve it and set off on a what would turn out to be his own five-year mission that began with a crowd-funded restoration and looks to culminate in the founding of two museums: The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and the Hollywood Horror Museum.
A Enterprise-D style of bridge is the one used in the TV series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Huddleston’s family isn’t without Hollywood connections. Huddleston’s father, Floyd Huddleston (1918-1991) wrote songs for films such as “The Ballad of Josie” and “Midnight Cowboy” and for Disney’s “The Aristocats” (“Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat”).
For Disney’s anthropomorphic animal animated feature, “Robin Hood,” the Floyd Huddleston and George Brun’s song, “Love,” sung by Huddleston’s wife Nancy Adams, was nominated for an Academy Award (“Love” lost in the Best Original Song category to “The Way We Were”). The song was used more recently in the 2009 film “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
Huston is proud of his late father, but undoubtedly, his father would be and his mother is proud of him. Huston Huddleston has not only restored the bridge, but reached far beyond that original goal. What good is a crowd-funded restored Star Trek bridge if one can’t share it? How does one share something with hundreds of sponsors? The idea of a museum took hold. But is there really a need for a Star Trek only museum? And what would the museum’s goal be?
True to the old values of Star Trek, the goal has become one of sharing the wealth and educating generations: An educational museum for not just Star Trek treasures, but for science fiction props from yesteryear and even more recent films.
Huston Huddleston now has more than just a Star Trek Bridge or a Star Trek captain’s chair. Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Conan O’Brien’s people reached out to Huddleston who had brought a tardis. O’Brien was in his first year at SDCC and the current and 12th Dr. Who, Peter Capaldi, was one of his guests. Of course, what could be better than Capaldi coming out of the tardis?
At other conventions, a Star Trek captain’s chair will turn up or life-sized model of Iron Man. For San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the museum had a modest booth with the screen-used Borg Alcove from “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Voyager” (used by Patrick Stewart and Jeri Ryan).
Still a Star Trek fan, Huddleston one of 3,000 fans at the red carpet premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” on Wednesday night of SDCC. He came away pleased and ranked the Star Trek movies as follows:
1. “Wrath of Khan” (1982)
2. “Undiscovered Country” (1991)
3. “The Search for Spock” (1984)
4. “First Contact” (Next Generation film, 1996)
5. “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” director’s cut (1979)
6. “Star Trek Beyond” (2016)
7. “Star Trek” (2009)
8. “The Voyage Home” (1986)
9. “The Final Frontier” (1989)
10. “Star Trek into Darkness” (2013)
11. “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998)
12. “Star Trek Generations” (1994)
13. “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002)
If you didn’t get in to SDCC this year, the Borg Alcove will appear at other events, but Huddleston isn’t sure which ones yet. The museum plans to have a booth at:
ScareLA: Season of the Witch (Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 6-7)
Long Beach Comic-Con (Long Beach, CA, Sept. 17-18)
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo (Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 28-30)
Walker Stalker Con (Atlanta, GA, Oct. 28-30)
In 2017, two world tours are planned for exhibits of the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and the Hollywood Horror Museum. The brick-and-mortar versions of both museums are currently in the planning stages.
Although the museum won’t be open in time for the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, it will be doing giveaways and promotions through Paramount on its websites. For more information, visit the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum website. <http://hollywoodscifi.org/>