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William Shatner: actor, pop culture icon, and part-time Thanksgiving spokesperson warning of the pervasive dangers of turkey fryers. In an incredibly fitting instance of fact following fiction, the “Star Trek” actor most famous for going boldly where no one has gone before will soon be able to add “astronaut” to his expansive list of career accomplishments. Next month, Shatner is reportedly set to catch a ride with billionaire and private sector space explorer Jeff Bezos, becoming the oldest person to ever reach orbit in a demonstration of Bezos’ flight capabilities — and a celebration of both Shatner and the lasting influence of Gene Roddenberry’s vision of “Star Trek.”
OK, that’s pretty cool. I might back off space tourism for a day.
(Full disclosure: In college, I once caddied for Shatner. It was a father-daughter thing at his daughter’s sorority where I was a big brother. I told him that I couldn’t help him choose clubs for a hole because I don’t play golf, and Shatner laughed and said that he didn’t either. He was charming.)