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Is this information truly canonical? Why would info never seen onscreen from a prop be accepted as canonical when info from novels aren't? -- Sci 22:26 6 Oct 2005 UTC

It's not canonical according to Paramount, but I believe it is accepted by Memory-Alpha. First of all, information derived from cut scenes (from the script) and deleted scenes (filmed) is allowed, and also, it did appear onscreen, although it was illegible when Picard was flipping through the album. It's also within the extras section of the Generations DVD. It doesn't conflict with anything else from Star Trek, so I fail to see much of a problem.
If you're worried about the fact that Vanderbilt (my favorite non-existing character) wasn't elected and was appointed by a couple of people, just imagine that, in 2161, the position was something equal to President (or President pro tempore) of the Senate, not equal to President of the US. That would mean that the council itself (made up of elected ambassadors?) was the official "Heads of State" of the Federation.--Tim Thomason 21:46, 6 Oct 2005 (UTC)
I agree with you both, which is to say: It's pretty stupid, but it's harmless. It's doesn't blatantly violate any standards or risk any "slippery slopes," so leave it be. Wikis aren't paper.

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President Thomas Vanderbilt could be a 22nd century descendant of the prominent Vanderbilt family.

extremely speculative -- Capricorn 11:22, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

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