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Star Trek Pilot episode premiered September 8th 1966
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Beyond the Clouds is the beautiful, full-color biography of legendary aviation artist
Walter (Matt) Jefferies who was best known for his work as art director of the
original Star Trek television series - and for designing the most widely recognized
spacecraft of all time, the U.S.S. Enterprise. In his lifetime, Jefferies worked on
set and art designs for over fifteen movies and television series including Little
House on the Prairie, Dallas, Ben Casey and Love, American Style. He also
produced many aircraft paintings and technical designs which have been exhibited
in museums all over the world. Illustrated with images of his striking paintings,
Jefferies' story is enriched with a historical backdrop, personal anecdotes,
and plenty of information on Star Trek, aviation, and set design. This unique
fusion of art and aircraft is revealed through pages that trace the life and times
of the aviation expert who helped shape the face of science fiction.

Matt Jefferies biography "Beyond the Clouds."
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Beyond the Clouds - what a work! It takes more than a few days to absorb this wonderful book. It truly represents a slice of Matt's fascinating life as an aviator, aviation artist, historian, and Hollywood art director. --Neil November, Cofounder of Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society
Book Signings:

June 20 - 21, 2008 - Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
August 6 - 10, 2008 - Star Trek the Experience, Las Vegas
September 13, 2008 - Southern Methodist University / B&N Bookstore
October 24 - 26 2008 - Star Wars Fan Days Plano, Texas
April 4, 2009 - Virginia Aviation Museum, Richmond, VA

Walter "Matt" Jefferies was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding achievement in art direction and scenic design for Star Trek episode #78 which aired March 14th 1969
About the Author:

Photo of Richard Jefferies, The author of "Beyond the Clouds."
Richard L. Jefferies brother of Walter (Matt) Jefferies - is a mechanical engineering graduate of Virginia Tech. During World War II, he served with the Army Engineers as an engineering instructional officer. Following discharge from active duty, he began a fifty-six-year career as an application engineer for several international heavy equipment firms. His assignments took him to the far corners of the world, including three years residency in Saudi Arabia. He is a historian, author of technical papers, and a motivational speaker. Richard and his wife, Tina, reside in Dallas, Texas.
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