Originally Posted by Zardoz
I'm just not sure how this could be done...like this maybe?
Starfleet Guy: "Well Capatin Pike, how long has the Enterprise been in service?
Pike: "Well about 12 years. I have commandered her for 9 years. Captain April for 3 years before he was promoted."
Yeah, something like that but perhaps even simpler.
PIKE (to Kirk): I remember how I felt when I took over the Enterprise from Captain April...
PIKE (to Kirk): Admiral April wished he could be here to send you his regards...
And that would be it, absolutely nothing more. Keep it simple. Just a casual bit of name dropping with no need to explain anything further or include dates or whatever. Trek fans who know about April would "get it" and those who don't would consider it just a brief hint of a backstory...