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A long, strange ‘Trek’ it’s been

Lancel Career Achievement in TV: Robert Fletcher

Robert Fletcher didn’t think he’d be designing aliens when he was a Harvard undergrad back in the 1940s.

The designer, who created the costumes and makeup for “Star Trek’s” Klingons, is being honored by the Costume Designers Guild for his work in TV.

After serving in World War II, Fletcher dropped out of Harvard when he helped found a Cambridge theater company, the Brattle Theater, where he and four Harvard friends did 87 classic plays in five years.

He then went on to work for the New York City Ballet, before getting his first TV job with NBC. He worked with greats like Jack Parr, Ernie Kovacs and Steve Allen .

He also designed costumes for the NBC telecasts of the Metropolitan Opera. “In those days, it was marvelous. We were allowed to spend what was necessary, we did everything fresh and new, there was all the rehearsal time necessary and of course — no commercials!,” he says.

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