Shatner In Space

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Blue Origin Jeff Bezos flies a dick into space

IMDB tells us:

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.)

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8 Responses to Shatner In Space

  1. No word on whether they intend to rendezvous with an Orion Syndicate ship in orbit…

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  2. MDavis says:

    I have mixed feelings about this.
    Confession – I bought his book. He confessed to being kind of a dick, several times, no surprise there. So I guess his trip being scheduled on the Bezos rocket is fitting.

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    • tengrain says:

      It was the 1980s, he wasn’t such a jerk then. Leslie was a pal, and until he showed up I never made the connection.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • MDavis says:

        I don’t know – you actually met him and I didn’t. He came across in the book as being human, pretty much. Most humans have their dickish moments and I give him some credit for being honest about those moments and expressing some regrets for (some of) them.

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    • MDavis says:

      ( I looked him up on Wikipedia and he has a ton of books. I didn’t realize how many he has)

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  3. Sirius Lunacy says:

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  4. Sirius Lunacy says:

    On a side note, every time I see that picture I think that the spaceship has a nasty looking burn mark. Then I realize that no, it’s just a feather logo. But that first impression sticks and it just looks unsafe to me.

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