rocket man

Graphic by Jeremy R! Hudson

There is no grey area, no subtlety — William Shatner is, and today the man who will forever be known as Captain James T. Kirk, turns 81 years old.

In my life I’ve been both thrilled and horrified by the Shat. A man who co-exists in my memory as this energy infused swagger machine with a baby-making smile in re-runs of Star Trek: TOS and also as the Priceline guy, whose self respect hurdled to it’s demise long before the “character” did. Should I have spoiler alerted that? Oh well.

Shatner has played a lawyer, a cop, a dad who says shit, and a man cursed with the ability to only speak inĀ Esperanto, and through it all he did barely any of it convincingly. Still, he did it because he so clearly loved the sound of applause and the benefits that come from it. Shatner has long been a joke, a ham, but he is our ham, loveable in how eagerly he wants to please, and so on his special day, we say thank you and well done to William Shatner with these 5 signature moments from his 5 decade long career.

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Ok. This is bad. In honor of all the talks of Shatner’s scene in the new Star Trek I did a little digging. This gem is from the sci fi awards 1978. 50 seconds in William Shatner BUTCHERS the classic Rocket Man in spoken Word. In the prototypical fashion of Shatner speak… The same vein as Christopher Walken speak. You see, the funniest thing about this is that he truly believes he is referring to himself as a (whisper…..) rocket man……… But he doesn’t understand it is about getting high…Even when he exhales an exuberant amount of cigarette smoke through his nose and mouth and says “Highhhh…..”

Back when smoking was healthy.