[Editor’s note: You could call this finding old friends through fictional characters. It’s interesting what storytelling can achieve.]
Dale Morton was 43 years old when his childhood fantasy came true.
He walked through the red turbolift doors and found himself standing on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
The screens were all lit up, the lights were all blinking and it was all Morton could do to keep his welling emotions under control.
There, in the middle, room was the command chair where Captain Kirk recorded so many of his famous captain’s logs.
“I’m standing in the place where Kirk usually stands. I’m standing in his point of view,” Morton said.
To his right was the station where Commander Spock dutifully monitored the spaceship’s shields.
A few steps over was the panel, where engineer Montgomery Scott would crank the ship’s engines until he was “giving her all she’s got, Captain.”
Morton wasn’t really aboard the Enterprise, obviously, but it was the closest possible thing.