, the Western Lowland Gorilla who is able to understand more than 1,000 signs based on American Sign Language and 2,000 words of spoken English, has met some celebrities over the years. In 1988, William Shatner had a memorable visit with Koko
, as seen in part in this edited clip
, and re-told on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
in 2009. Mister Rogers visited in 1998
), as part of series of shows addressing children's fears of meeting someone new or unusual. In 2004, Koko met Betty White
and Robin Williams
. (Koko and other non-human primates using and learning sign language previously
The first official video has been released from William Shatner's new album
. It's not "F**k You
" or "Iron Man
." No, it's an... indescribable "cover" of Bohemian Rhapsody
William Shatner is Iron Man!
Yes indeed. It's just a little taste of what's in store for us in his soon-to-be-released Seeking Major Tom
Montreal-born actor William Shatner, 80, sings the National Anthem of Canada
to show his appreciation for getting
a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General
, the greatest honour
given to artists in the country (and yeah, in fact it comes with some cash).
Following on the heels of NASA's announcement
of the final resting places of the various space shuttles, NASA, in conjunction with William Shatner, released a final video
commemorating the program. (SLYT)
Pat Jordan from the New York Times meets William Shatner:
James T. Kirk TJ Hooker author Priceline Spokesman ("and shareholder")
horse buff at a
farm Starbucks Gas Station horse park Tony Roma's mall
“I always did assume they were laughing at me. Lately it’s come to my attention they are laughing with me.”
A subtly poignant interview of a cultural
visionary hero icon has-been phoenix
55 years ago, Brown v. Board of Education
was decided, which lead to the controversial court-ordered school integrations in the South. Four years later, the prolific Charles Beaumont
wrote his only solo novel
, The Intruder
, based on a true story but set in a fictitious small southern town of Caxton that is riled up by a mysterious man from out-of-town who wants to halt the school integration. The novel was turned into a movie by the same name
in 1962, produced, directed and financed by Roger Corman
, starring a charismatic William Shatner
as the mysterious intruder, some 4 years before the start of his iconic role in Star Trek. Shot on location
, using locals who were not fully aware of the plot of the movie
, the whole film was made for $80-$90,000, and was Corman's only film to lose money at the box offices. The production was banned in some Missouri cities
because the local people objected to the film's portrayal racism and segregation. The film finally saw a profit after its re-release on DVD in recent years. (Previously discussed as part of this 1970s Shatner post
; video links inside) [more inside]
isn't really a new
genre. Just a new term
. The current crop of bizarro authors
are generally young and new to being published, with Carlton Mellick III
as "both the Johnny Appleseed and the Johnny Rotten
" of the newly dubbed genre, who started printing his stories under the header of Eraserhead Press
. But what is Bizarro Fiction? A battle between the real William Shatner vs all the film versions of himself
, resulting from a failed terrorist attack by Campbellians; bizarro-noir novellas
, set in a world of murderers, drugs made from squid parts, deformed war
veterans, and a mischievous apocalyptic donkey; or just a nice children's book
about two Vampires who compete in a mustache competition
to prove who is the faggiest of all. (via a local paper, though I didn't see the article isn't online) [more inside]
In 300 B.C., years before the birth of black Jesus, Aristole postulated that all good things were made of "win." That was a pretty good guess, but he was drunk and probably also having an orgy. Modern day awesominers know there are actually 118 fundamental "awesoments" that compose all good things. The Periodic Table of Awesoments
can be a very useful tool. It's designed to show the relationships between awesoments, and often one can even predict how awesoments interact simply by their positions on the table.
With all the crystal skulls
, nazca lines
and such at the box office these days now might be the ideal time to reacquaint yourself with the theories of Erich von Däniken
. What better way to do it than by watching William Shatners Mysteries of the Gods
( Pt. 1
, Pt. 2
, Pt. 3
, Pt. 4
, Pt. 5
, Pt. 6
, Pt. 7
, Pt. 8
, Pt. 9
, Pt. 10
)(MULTI LINK YOUTUBE SHATNERFEST)
All hail 70s-era Shatner! He began his career with some rather prestigious projects, appearing in The Brothers Karamazov
and Judgment at Nuremberg
, as well as some rather high profile appearance in Twilight Zone
and Alfred Hitchcock Presents
. But even then, there were hints of exploitation, such as 1961's The Explosive Generation
, in which Shatner played a teacher whose job is endangered when she speaks candidly to kids about sex
. And there was 1962's The Intruder
, a Roger Corman film from 1963 in which Shatner played a carpetbagging racist inciting violence in a southern town
) And, of course, there was Incubus
from 1965, a horror film in Esperanto
.) But, after Star Trek
, at the start of the 70s, something went haywire. [more inside]
is forty today
. The basics of the series
are well-known, the cultural impact
is worldwide, and the letter-writing campaign to get a third season
out of the network has spawned thousands of imitators
, though only a very few
are ever successful. The show has spawned twenty-seven other series and five hundred movies. (Okay, maybe not that many.) Though exhorted by the original series' star to Get a life
, the fans of Star Trek -- whether they call themselves Trekkies
-- are without a doubt the
inspiration for the joys and insanity of all media fandom which has followed. I am proud to name myself among them.
Sure, we're all aware that William Shatner is the man, but this guy takes it to new heights
(Google Video) in the mockumentary Auto Destruct: One Man's Obsession With William Shatner
. Our disturbing yet engaging subject engages in rock and roll
(Google Video, again,) shenanigans and goes into detail about a traumatic childhood experience involving a monkey.
Of course, for those who want their Shatner undiluted and pop-tastic, there's always his version of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
(again, Google video,) now featuring cameos from across the pop-culture spectrum.Disclaimer: I'm used for a pull quote on the first two links, and they misspelled frisson.
Shame: the Final Frontier.
Following his successful kidney stone removal
, William Shatner now wants to sell it on eBay for charity. Technically, selling human body parts
is against site policies, but Shatner hopes an exception will be made for charity's sake, as well as the millions of Trekkies he believes will want to bid on "the ultimate piece of Star Trek memorabilia."
Today is World Esperanto
Literature Day. December 15th is the birthday of the creator of Esperanto, Dr. L. L. Zamenhof
. Don't speak Esperanto yet? You can learn Esperanto on the web
, via email
, or at home
. After all of that learning you may want to relax by playing a game
, watching a movie
(starring William Shatner!) or listening to some music
While everyone has heard
of the legendary 1978 performance by William Shatner of Rocket Man
, few have actually had the chance to see
it. Now you can
in a relatively-decent video file courtest of iFilm. (ASF link, via Mark Evanier)
I have no idea why I find this amusing.
"This is William Shatner's world. The rest of us just live in it."
Warren Clements of The Globe and Mail
on the Shatner phenomenon: "Shatner, who turns 71 on Friday, is in a golden stage of his career. . . .
Shatner sticks his popular cultural head up more times than a target in a Whack-a-Mole game." No kidding. We sure do like our Shatner links here at
; here's another one for the pile.
Step aside, Crusher!
Shatner's posting his personal thoughts in "Bill's Space", he's even got a discussion section where he asks fans
to "continue this dialogue further". (via some guy named matt)
Make plans to be part of the biggest paintball game ever. Mark your calendars, set your schedule, sign up quick. August 31, 2002 will be a historical date in the annals of Paintball history. William Shatner, the man known to millions of fans as "Captain James T. Kirk" will lead one of the three teams attempting to control the destiny of the universe.
The Pre-Launch Site of WilliamShatner.com.
Can't ... think.... Too ... many ... jokes....
They're auctioning off my childhood.
But I can always pick up the original Enterprise
for only US$15,000. Starting bid, of course. Maybe I'd rather have Shatner's Kirk tunic
-- a steal at only US$6,000.
I know what you've been thinking: "Yeah, Iron Chef
is okay and all, but wouldn't it be a whole lot better with Captain Kirk presiding over it?" Fear no more, The mighty UPN is going to give you your wish