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Douglas "Doug" Howard Grindstaff (6 April 1931 – 24 July 2018; age 87) was a sound effects editor and sound editor on Star Trek: The Original Series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Individual Achievements in Film and Sound Editing for his work. Grindstaff, along with Jack Finlay and Joseph Sorokin, created all of the background sounds and effects used throughout the series.
According to Bill Wistrom, Grindstaff created the sound of the doors in Star Trek by squeaking with his tennis shoe. ("Select Historical Data Year Six – Timeless Sound Effects", TNG Season 6 DVD special feature)
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Star Trek interview
- "The Sounds of Space", Anna L. Kaplan, Cinefantastique, Vol 27, issue 11, 1996, pp. 82-86
- 2009 Douglas Grindstaff Star Trek interview at cinemontage.org
- 2016 Douglas Grindstaff Star Trek interview by Mark A. Altman at Audible Range
- Remembering Douglas Grindstaff, 1931-2018 at StarTrek.com, the official Star Trek website
- Douglas Grindstaff, 'Star Trek' Sound Whiz, Dies at 87 at nytimes.com