It is with sadness that I report the death of veteran Star Trek property master Joe Longo, who died today.
Joe was a member of the art department who was the property master on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, the first five seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation (sharing a weekly rotation with Alan Sims) and all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The property master is an artistic and organizational employee in a film, television or theatrical production who is responsible for purchasing, acquiring and/or manufacturing any props needed for a production. The property master also works with other members of the production managing the physical appearance of the stage or set, for example they might work with the script supervisor to maintain set continuity. The property master is on staff during pre-production, develops the stylistic concept of the physical production, then continues on as a member of the physical shooting/production crew.
Thanks to Doug Drexler for the image.