"Yesterday's Future Tomorrows" is an on-line
magazine about science fiction movies and television programs and how their
Special Effects Props are made.
A serious indepth look at the craft published by semi-retired
Hollywood Propmaker Richard A. Coyle.
My name is Richard A. Coyle and I'm the editor
in chief of this new on-line magazine.
This is my "diploma" section where I thought I should
display my credentials.
I don't know about anyone else but I like seeing diplomas on the
wall of a doctor, lawyer or even
an auto mechanic before letting them lay a finger on either me or
something I own.
When someone makes claims in a profession, it is well-advised
that he (or she) be able to back
them up with data.
These are my "diplomas" and why I am qualified to talk
about the props and working in
B8 The Arizona Republic Sunday, June 5, 1988
Prop Makers stuns
By Joyce Valdez
The Arizona Republic
(A retyping of the Article in HTML)
(Scanned Copy of newspaper to the right)
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At any moment one expects Richard Coyle to be
beamed aboard the starship Enterprise.
A Star Trek convention Saturday at the Sheraton
Hotel in downtown Phoenix attracted the usual array 300 or so
"Trekkies" but none as well-equipped to deal with an
inner planetary emergency as Coyle.
Coyle showed up at the convention wearing
be official blue-and-gold tunic of an Enterprise medical officer
and carrying a medical pouch equipped with the same high-tech
implements that saved Captain James Kirk's life untold times in
the old TV series which still boasts a cult following.
In case of an invasion by warring
Klingon's Coyle was packing a Phaser and a pop-up communicator
into which he could mutter those immortal words "Beam Me up
Coyle, 39, has an advantage over other
Trekkie's who are attending the two day gathering sponsored by
Creation Conventions of Long Island NY, which organizes about 80
science fiction conventions a year. Coyle is an independent prop
maker who has supplied an assortment of fake space gadgets to
Hollywood productions, including two Star Trek valves.
Coyle gave up a successful television
repair business in Mesa in 1978 to begin selling his original
designs at science-fiction conventions.
"The Star Trek conventions literally
changed my life" said Coyle, whose mother and two children
still reside in the valley.
A representative of a company that was in
charge of props for the Star Trek 2, The Wrath of Khan spotted
his designs at a convention and asked him to create some space
weaponry for the film.
Coyle now has his own prop making
business in Los Angeles, and has designed props for several TV
productions, movies and the new Star Trek attraction at universal
"This is a lot of fun", Richard Coyle
said of his work.
"When I do on a in interview (for a
movie assignment) almost always, without fail, people run around
the office shooting the phaser at each other".