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Matt DeckerEdit

This is a carryover from the Matt Decker discussion page. Unless someone has some resource citation, I propose that the explicit connection between Matt Decker and Will Decker be removed. I have reviewed the Star Trek II Writers/Directors Guide and the book Star Trek: Phase II - The Making of the Lost Series. The Guide says nothing explicit, just that Decker's forefathers were all Starfleet, some of flag rank. The book appears to say nothing about a connection except a comment from Jon Povill in a December 1, 1977 memo that "I thought it had been mentioned the Decker's father would be the Commodore Decker who died in the "Doomsday Machine" episode." A vague memory of a potential conversation about an abortive idea that never made it to any script or other production material does not a valid resource make. The information can be contained as non-canon commentary at the end as a sort of Background, but should not be in the body of the article. Unless someone has something better as a resource, I'll go ahead and make the change. Aholland 13:57, 24 February 2006 (UTC)

Good work incorporating the change, albeit minor. Good researching too, in recognizing that the writer's guide is an actual behind-the-scenes reference. I've gone a little further and included that Guide info in the article. -- Captain M.K.B. 23:36, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

A good addition. Aholland 23:48, 27 March 2006 (UTC)

I've found a reference in The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture: a footnote to the character sketch that identifies the referenced father as Commodore Matt Decker. A footnote isn't a very convincing reference, but it's worth noting, so I've included a note in the article. --TommyRaiko 01:05, 14 July 2008 (UTC)


So where does Willard come from? It's not from dialog, he was only referenced as "Will". --Alan 07:43, 13 June 2007 (UTC)

For what it's worth, The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture includes a footnote that the character's name was changed to Willard after a researcher discovered a Who's Who entry to a real-life New York businessman "William Decker." Which is interesting, but still not an on-screen reference, of course. --TommyRaiko 01:05, 14 July 2008 (UTC)

Ok, so why is the article still named "Willard Decker" if there is no on screen source? General Grant

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