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(written from a Production point of view)
William "Bill" J. Hickey (8 July 1947 – 15 June 2011; age 63) was the founder and chief executive of Starfleet Uniforms of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, a company that manufactured and sold classic series uniform tops. For most of the 1970s, Hickey's pullover Orlon creations were the only quality, mass-produced facsimile reproductions available to fans. Clad in a yellow captain's shirt, flared trousers, and boots, he was a familiar sight at conventions; he can be seen in a photograph taken at a convention in Inside Star Trek: The Real Story. It was through Hickey's company that Bradley Nelson sold many of his strobing phaser pistols.
After the release of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Hickey added movie uniform tops to his line of garments; among the first gatherings he sold them at was the Starbase Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.