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Subj:  Answers
Date:  6/20/97 19:48:48
From:  RonDMoore       

<< Is that Willie Mays card [in "In the Cards"] an actual baseball card? or
was it something the art dept. made up?>>

It was a replica.

<<Is that Bozeman dude really Braga? if it is, why wont the guy call you or
email you instead of leaving messages on this board for you to call him?>>

It was Brannon and Brannon is new to the ways of cyberspace.  He is now well
on his way to being a true hep cat.

<<When are you getting rid of Worf?>>

Today.  Happy now?  May the blood of Michael Dorn be on your head!

<<Why Willie Mays?>>

I asked Michael Piller about rare cards (Michael is a big collector) he
suggested the Mays rookie card as a classic.

<<Speaking of baseball, what are your thoughts on interleague play?>>

It's cool with me.  Always wanted to see Mets vs. Yankees and have it count.

<<the political wars on the board>>

Heartening to see that people are aware of and involved in the issues of the
day.  Disheartening to see the level of personal animosity involved.  Lighten
up, people.

<<Have you read "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot"?>>

I have read "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" but I'd rather not tell you
what I think of "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" since some people would
take offense at my opinion, whether supporting the idea that Rush Limbaugh is
a Big Fat Idiot or if I don't think that Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.
 So in order to spare us all a long series of exchanges over my views of
"Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" I'll refrain from giving my opinion on
either the book "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" or on the concept itself
of Rush Limbaugh being a Big Fat Idiot as I can see only endless trouble from
both the people who believe Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot as well as from
the people who disagree with the notion that Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat
Idiot.  So that's it:  no commentary from me on the book "Rush Limbaugh is a
Big Fat Idiot" or on the ideas contained within "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat
Idiot."  I promise.

(Step away from the keyboard and keep your hands where I can see them, it's
only a joke.)

<<I read in the back of the "First Contact" novelization that you and Brannon
originally set the
story in the Renaissance, rather than the 21st century.  What made you change
your minds?>>

It was an interesting idea but had too many problems.  The time period is
very expensive to realize on screen, the audience knowledge of and
indentification with the period is very low, and we decided that putting
everyone in tights wasn't such a great idea.

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Subj:  Answers
Date:  6/20/97 20:11:07
From:  RonDMoore       

<<I am a typical healthy young white heterosexual Methodist male who grew up
in Texas. I can't even apply for one of those internships [with the writing
staff] simply because of my sex and race. To me, this seems like
discrimination. I might be one of the best Trek writers of all time, you
never know. But we'll also never know. Is there any valid reason why this prog
ram is open to everyone except someone like me? I realize this is probably an
affirmative action program, but I believe it is unfair to exclude *anyone* on
the basis of age, sex, or ethnicity. Why can I not have a fair chance to at
least apply for an internship, and risk being turned down, rather than not
being able to apply at all?>>

First of all, I should make it clear that the internship program is run
through the Writers Guild of America and the guidelines for admission are
determined by them, not us.  Therefore, my opinions on the policy and the
reasoning behind it are just that -- opinions.

I do sympathize with your position and understand where you're coming from.
 I'm a hetero, white guy too and if I was out there in Texas trying to break
in and found out that I couldn't apply for the program I'd be put out as
well.  However, I think that if you consider the fact that the overwhelming
number of working writers in this town are hetero white guys like us, and
that it will probably continue to be that way for the forseeable future, I
think you can see that it might not be such a bad idea to have a program to
help the people who aren't as well represented in the writing community and
who could use a little extra help.  

If we're honest with ourselves, you and I both know that being HWGs has given
us a leg-up in this country in a lot of ways.  Through no effort of our own,
we won the genetic sweepstakes in being born in America in the first place,
then got a bonus prize in being white, a doorprize for being male and then
said the magic word and saw the duck come down when we turned out hetero.  

Now, maybe it shouldn't be that way, maybe everyone should be equal in the
eyes of both the law and society, but what it should be and what it is are
two different things.  Life ain't equal.  The WHGs are way out in front and
everyone else is trying to catch up.  So I don't think it's wrong to slow the
WHG's on ocassion and let some of the others try to catch up.  To me, it
seems only fair.

Ultimately, if you're talented and dedicated, I firmly believe you'll make it
anyway and not getting the internship won't stop you.  After all, you can
still submit spec material to the show like everyone else, and even if that
ends, you can still work on your craft, try to get an agent and make it as a
professional writer at Trek or elsewhere.  That may not provide you with much
comfort, I know it wouldn't comfort me that much, but maybe this will:  as a
WHG you are about twice as likely to get a job as a writer than anyone
eligible to apply for the internship in the first place.  
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