Just one minor point I saw from a earlier post, Gene was told about the plans for DS9 but never saw any of the production art or designs for the show. And by the time of his death he had mostly been phased out of TNG planning with all the back room politics that went on. After the earlier seasons of TNG he didn't have any input on how the ships looked.
And you heard this from him orlet me guess were one of the people in that back room room. wow thats awesome!