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'Star Trek' Superfan Spends $500K to Turn Basement into a Spaceship

By    |   Friday, 11 July 2014 07:10 AM

"Star Trek" superfan Anthony Sforza has completed a three-year, $500,000 mission to turn his basement into the ultimate fan cave.

"Anthony's been obsessed with 'Star Trek' for as long as I think I've been alive," Sforza's sister, 44-year-old Marion, told the U.K.'s Mirror Online. "I don't remember him ever not being obsessed with it, even when he was a little boy."

According to the newspaper, the 48-year-old Long Island, New York, man specifically set out to make his basement a replica of the crew's NX-01 spaceship from Enterprise, the latest incarnation of the show.

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His wife Annette, 46, and his two boys are fully supportive of their father, who worked nights for three years to help his dream become a reality.

"When Anthony first told me his vision for the basement I couldn’t see it the way he did until he started building it," Annette Sforza told the Mirror Online "Once that started happening we all started getting very excited because we were seeing his vision come to fruition. I think it’s wonderful, I admire him so much for being able to put vision into something like this and for it to look so incredible — it’s wonderful and I’m so proud of him."

Sforza said he became a true "Star Trek" fan in the early 1980s. After visiting a Trekkie convention as a young man, he began collecting props, costumes, action figures, and more. He eventually ended up with more than 300 memorabilia items associated with the show.

His son Daniel, 7, loves spending time in the basement with the family.

"I think that it’s cool because he has all the belts and badges and everything is here to show just how much he loves 'Star Trek.'"

Son Michael, 11, agreed, and added, "I would love to do something like this when I’m older — it would be pretty cool and I think it would be a good addition to any home."

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