Perspectives; William Shatner

William Shatner (born March 22, 1931) is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, director, screenwriter, and singer. In his seven decades of television, Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the in the Star Trek franchise. He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk, being a part of Star Trek , and life after Star Trek. He has also co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe, and a series of science fiction novels called TekWar, that were adapted for television.

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“I don’t want people to know me. I want them to believe my version.”

“If you make a fool of yourself, you can do it with dignity, without taking your pants down. And if you do take your pants down, you can still do it with dignity.”

“There exists nowhere on Earth a “soulful place” – everywhere you are is the soulful place. The entire world is filled with mystical qualities, including your little slice of the world. Paradise and enlightenment are always within your reach. It’s joy. And you should work on filling all your years with as much joy as possible.”

“When they reached the Hilton, something else memorable happened: Kennedy tried to stiff him for the $1.25 fare. “He stepped out of the cab and started to walk away without paying. By this time, he’d been distracted.” One thing about Leonard (Nimoy), when he did the work, he expected to be paid. And as I would learn, he was willing to fight for what he believed he was owed. So Leonard got out of his cab and followed Kennedy into the hotel. “ I want my $1.25 ,” he said. Kennedy found someone he knew and borrowed $3, which he handed to Leonard".

“I don’t understand the concept of retirement. It’s not a bad thing to savor your memories, it can be wonderful and warming, but not at the cost of losing your excitement about the future.”

“Any success I have had began by my showing up on time, being prepared, and doing the best possible job.”

“He was fascinated by technology, although not especially knowledgeable about cutting-edge advances. He certainly did not have any of Spock’s expertise, but scientists loved to show their work to him. At one point, for example, he was visiting Cal Tech, and several brilliant young scientists were thrilled to explain their projects to him. I suspect Leonard had some vague idea what they were talking about, but he certainly didn’t understand the intricacies. Leonard liked to tell the story, “ They would look at me and ask, ‘What do you think? ’” Leonard nodded thoughtfully, then very quietly and very sagely replied, “ You’re on the right track .”


Yep. Keep busy. That’s what I plan on doing. I think it is what keeps people young.


The best thing about retirement is you can do whatever you want when you want.


Except watch baseball. :joy:


Yeah…that really stinks.

Same here, and I would add that I plan to carry on with vigorous exercises. I was a skinny kid and a skinny teen and hated it, so I’m not giving up this big, scary body without a massive fight. :smile:

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