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FanAddicts! was a documentary reality series which focused on the fans of motion picture franchises, those in the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres in particular, and their obsession with collection memorabilia of said genre productions. The series was broadcast by independent cable company REELZChannel. As of 2013 Reelz has broadcast one season of eight 25-minute episodes. The series was produced by two production companies, REELZChannel itself and Restless Natives Productions.

Of particular relevance to Star Trek was the episode:

Broadcast on 3 September 2013, this episode featured the Star Trek collections of two fans. The last ten minutes of the episode was taken up by the huge Star Trek merchandise collection of American collector Mark, who discussed among others the production errors of several Playmates Toys action figures, highly valued in collector circles, as well as his efforts to raise funds for an autism charity by letting fans be photographed in his own Star Trek: The Original Series Captain's Chair replica. Some parts of this section of the episode, among others one in which the production errors were explored in more detail, were cut from the episode as aired, but were posted as vidcasts on the official FanAddicts!: Star Trek page. [1]

The first part of the episode however, was taken up by the collection of noted American collector Adam Schneider. Schneider has in Star Trek lore attained somewhat of a legendary status due to two circumstances. Firstly, he owned a multitude of actual production-used physical studio models, acquired in the 2006 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection, its 2006-2008 follow-up It's A Wrap! sale and auction auctions, and which has become the focus of his collection. Secondly, and more recently, he has gained national renown for his acquirement of the Original Series full scale Galileo shuttle craft mock-up, its subsequent restoration, all of which funded by Schneider personally, followed by the donation to NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it was unveiled in a highly publicized ceremony on 31 July 2013. Both aspects of Schneider's fan involvements are dealt with in detail in the episode. Also featured in this segment of the episode is model and prop maker Ed Miarecki, formerly of Science Fiction Modelmaking Associates and Industrial Light & Magic. Miarecki has helped Schneider out with restoring several of his auction winnings. A section of the episode in which Schneider and Miarecki discuss the Deep Space 9 station studio model was cut from the episode as aired, but was likewise posted as a vidcast on the official FanAddicts!: Star Trek page. Also featured in this section of the episode was Star Trek: Voyager's The Doctor performer, Robert Picardo, who attended the unveiling of the mock-up at the Space Center.

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Adam SchneiderEdit

Adam Schneider
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Birth name: Adam Louis Schneider
Gender: Male
Date of birth: 23 October 1954
Place of birth: New Jersey, USA
Roles: Star Trek publication editor

As stated above, Adam Louis Schneider (born 23 October 1954; age 59) is a noted American Star Trek collector of the actual production studio models in particular. Growing up in the 1960s, he became a first-generation fan of the Original Series during its original run. A science fiction fan ever since, he never actively acted upon it until 2006, when Christie's 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection came up in his own stumping grounds, New York City. "One day I read about an upcoming sale at Christie’s auction house in New York," he has stated, "They were putting up a thousand lots of Star Trek items so I went to take a look." As he walked into the showroom, the first thing he saw was the eight-foot model of the Starship Enterprise — the one used in the Star Trek films, prompting his first thought, "Oh my gosh, that’s the actual thing." [2], having additionally stated in the documentary, "I was going to have one of those, even if it killed me..." He subsequently made more than good on his vow, acquiring over two dozen of them in this and the subsequent It's A Wrap! sale and auctions, a bit to the dismay of his wife Leslie, who sighed in the documentary, "I'm definitely a Star Trek enabler!" In the process, he became the "the guy who collects the models."

Yet, Schneider's national Star Trek renown however, came to him when he acquired the Original Series full-scale Galileo shuttle craft mock-up at Kiko Auctioneers' as Lot 2030 for US$61,000 ($70,150 including buyer's premium) on 28 June 2012. Together with another noted collector, Alec Peters of Propworx, a non-profit foundation, The Galileo Restoration, was initiated, whose intent it was to have had the craft fully restored in time for the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, the cost of which being estimated in excess of US$100,000. [3] Several activities were organized to raise awareness and funding (though both Schneider and Peters eventually decided to front the funding themselves, in order not to slow down the restoration [4]), receiving backing from former Star Trek staffers like Doug Drexler [X]wbm, Mike Okuda, and Daren Dochterman, and including the inception of an official website, "galileorestoration.com", a dedicated FaceBook page, the publication of several progress videos on YouTube (including the professionally made 2013 documentary Galileo Restoration Project) and attendances as the "Galileo Restoration Panel" at conventions, like the "Las Vegas Star Trek Convention" of 10 August 2012, the latter of which original builder Gene Winfield was more than happy to lent his presence and support to. Restoration of the mock-up did not encounter as nearly as much of the problems and set-backs, previous restoration attempts had. A team of craftsmen at Master Shipwrights Inc., in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, headed by supervisor Hans Mikatis, completed the project in June 2013, unveiling the final result on the 22nd to initiators and fans. [5] As stated all efforts were funded by Schneider himself. Acutely aware that he personally did not have any space to store the shuttlecraft himself, the intent has always been to have it safeguarded for posterity at a public domain, which was eventually found at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

A graduate from both the Columbia University, New York City, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Schneider has never worked for the motion picture industry, but is employed in daily life at Deloitte LLP, New York City, as a financial consultant.

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