It is a sad day for Star Trek fans, as I’ve just learned, from Doug Drexler, that Joe Longo has passed-away. We at VisionaryTrek.com would like to express our condolences to Joe’s family, friends and colleagues. We’ve lost a great talent and an inspiration to many.
Some of Joe’s work as prop master included: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, III: The Search For Spock, Star Trek: TNG’s first-five seasons amd DS9’s entire run.
Doug Drexler: One of my favorite characters on Star Trek was not a cast member, but the prop master, Joe Longo. Hearing of his passing was like an arrow to the heart. I saw Joe everyday for over ten years. He was irreverent, cool, and funny as hell. His laid back demeanor was the same kind of cool that made Dean Martin famous. I loved Joe. When he came into the art department, I would announce him as “That dynamic gentleman of the prop department.”
Joe told me an amusing anecdote about his first job at Universal, where he started out with craft services in the 60′s. Not sure what to do with the the young Longo on his first day at work, his boss handed him a broom and told to clean up the soundstage. Joe was determined to make a good impression, and cleaned that danged stage from top to bottom. It was very dusty, and literally filled with cobwebs, but Joe made it sparkle. Unfortunately it was the Munster house, and was supposed to be dusty and full of cob webs! 40 years later and we are still laughing about it! Here’s to Joe, one of the most fun guys I got to work with! He was one of the personalities that made working on Star Trek special.
Michael and Denise Okuda: (Shared with Adam Walker at TrekCore) Joe Longo was unflappable. Even when a director threw him a curve ball, he’d tackle the change-of-plans with his trademarked droll sense of humor. The rest of us might be running around like crazy, but Joe would remain calm until the problem was solved. We loved the fact that he trusted all of us to make him look good, which in turn helped the show look that much better.
Lt. Eric Cone