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John Dodge Vancitters (born 23 October 1964; age 51), going through life by the name "John Van Citters", was the developer of the Starfleet Operations Manual supplement to the Star Trek Roleplaying Game, which was published in 2003 by Decipher in conjunction with Paramount Pictures Product Development, his first recorded involvement with the Star Trek franchise.

Van Citters became from 2006 onward Vice President, Product Development at CBS Consumer Products, managing licensed publications, which included the plethora of Star Trek merchandise, and frequently seen promoting these at Comic-cons and Star Trek conventions. Van Citters has been regularly acknowledged by authors in licensed reference books, such as the 2010 USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual (p. 160).

On behalf of the studio, Van Citters was in November 2014 invited to become a part as consultant of a team of experts – which included a host of former Star Trek alumni – to oversee a new restoration of the original eleven-foot Enterprise studio model, residing at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM), for its 50th anniversary. [1] Having accepted the prestigious assignment, Van Citters was flown in in May 2015 for the team's first work meeting on 13 May. [2]

Van Citters has an in-universe character named after him.

Career outside Star TrekEdit

Hailing from Florida John Van Citters attended, from 1983–1987, the University of South Carolina-Columbia, graduating as Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism. His first recorded professional employment was as a production assistant on the 1992 television movies Afterburn and The Fear Inside, the latter of which produced by Viacom Productions, part of the Viacom conglomerate and at the time holding company of Paramount Pictures.

In November 1998, Van Citters returned to Viacom, but now as Manager, Product Development for Viacom Consumer Products and where he had his first brush with the Star Trek franchise. In December 2005, it was decided to split up the old Viacom into two independent companies; the television company CBS Corporation and the movie company (new) Viacom. On that occasion, Van Citters decided to throw in his lot with CBS.

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