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Robert T. April

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Original captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC 1701, he was also head of the team that designed and built the whole class of starships of which Enterprise was a part. Oddly, the class wasn't named after its first operational model, the Enterprise, but for the later Constitution.

He led the Enterprise on its first five year mission, then surrendered command to Christopher Pike. He then took the rank of Commodore and oversaw, among other things, the running of the entire fleet of Constitution-class vessels. He was responsible for reassigning Pike to the Republic, and promoting Kirk to the command of Enterprise.

Behind the scenes of the original Star Trek series, April was the original name of the show's lead character, but the name didn't "sound" quite "commanding" enough. Thus the name got changed to the monosyllabic "Pike", and, when Jeffery Hunter proved unable to return for the second pilot, the Captain's name was changed again to the forcefully monosyllabic "Kirk". Interestingly, the tradition of putting a hard "K" sound into the first or last name of every Star Trek show's lead continued throughout every subsequent series--until Enterprise broke the convention and ended up getting cancelled.

Officially, Paramount doesn't recognize the character of Robert April, because they treat The Animated Series and all novels and comics as "non-canonical". Despite this, he has a generally-accepted "fanonicity"--the Star Trek word for something from an officially licensed product which is seen to be logically consistent with the films and non-animated TV series.

He was a semi-regular in the popular Marvel comic series, Star Trek: Early Voyages.

First Appearance: None listed.

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Issue Appearances:
Star Trek: Crew (2009)

Star Trek: Early Voyages (1997)
Who's Who in Star Trek (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC 1701 or NCC 1701-A

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