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Captain Kirk scared of space (Shatner shies from real-life visit to the final frontier)
The Sun (UK) ^ | September 6, 2006 | EMILY SMITH

Posted on 09/07/2006 9:16:16 AM PDT by DaveLoneRanger

STAR Trek legend William Shatner has been offered a real-life space flight — but he won’t go boldly.

Shatner — who plays fearless Kirk — says he is terrified of taking up Sir Richard Branson’s offer of joining Virgin Galactic’s first passenger flight in 2008.

The actor fears he will throw up in space or the craft will crash. Shatner, 75, said yesterday: “I’m interested in man’s march into the unknown but to vomit in space is not my idea of a good time.

“Neither is a fiery crash with the vomit hovering over me.”

Ironically, the original TV series launched 40 years ago, opens with Shatner saying:

“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilisations; to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

Shatner has been offered his £114,000 ticket free. But he insists Virgin boss Branson also pays him.

He added: “I do want to go up but I need guarantees I’ll definitely come back.”

Celebs like Alien’s Sigourney Weaver have booked the 2½-hour flight. The craft is called the VSS Enterprise — in tribute to Star Trek.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: captainkirk; growsomenads; jamestkirk; shatner; space; spock; startrek; thefinalfrontier; williamshatner; wussy
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

"Come on..that's what a roast is all about!"

Just horrible. I tried to watch that thing a couple of times. It was unwatchable. Filled with bad timing, lame jokes, and more gay jokes than I've ever heard before. Ick.


51 posted on 09/07/2006 9:47:20 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: brownsfan

Fair enough, it's not for everyone. But, Greg Giraldo was hilarious.


52 posted on 09/07/2006 9:51:28 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (Put a mirror to the face of the republican party and all you'll see is a Donkey.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Here's one.

William Shatner "I am Canadian!"

53 posted on 09/07/2006 9:51:57 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: FreedomNeocon

"I bet you Picard would go..."

You know, Picard is the left's favorite of the Star Trek captains. Picard, more than any of the other captains was about negotiating, and options, and seeking peace. He'd fit right in with the dems right now, wanting to negotiate with Imawhackjob.

Kirk was a butt kicker.


54 posted on 09/07/2006 9:54:23 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: LYSandra

True. The roast was painful to watch. Had some moments but not much worth repeating. A comple of the George Taki is gay jokes were funny but they used dozens of them. It got to be more annoying than offensive.


55 posted on 09/07/2006 9:57:26 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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no pic yet of the gremlin on the wing?


56 posted on 09/07/2006 9:59:59 AM PDT by isom35
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To: All

read the article folks,

Shatner is saying he is worth more than just the price of a free ticket.

Branson is using a free ticket to buy PR. Shatner knows the PR game and is just haggling.

If not shatner he has the actor who played Sisko, Scott Bakula, or the actor or play Picard to shoose from. (I bet Frakes would want to do it too it you cound him as captain of the Hot Rod version of the next gen enterprise)


57 posted on 09/07/2006 10:01:44 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: sticker

Shatner's latest album, "Has Been", is quite good. Very well done. The music is excellent and the stories are very good, funny and moving.


58 posted on 09/07/2006 10:02:26 AM PDT by vigilo (Everything I needed to know about George Bush and the Republican Party I learned from CFR.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Believe it or not... William Shatner isn't Captain Kirk! He's an actor. What's the big deal. He's never claimed to be like Kirk. The guy likes raising and riding horses. What's the big deal. Frankly, I don't think I'd go either. But then I hate traveling to being with.

Mark


59 posted on 09/07/2006 10:04:19 AM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: COBOL2Java
Have you heard him sing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?" Shatner Sings
60 posted on 09/07/2006 10:07:45 AM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: LYSandra
I watched his roast one night and had to turn it off after about 4 minutes! It was disgusting. Even Betty White was foul.

I didn't bother with it... I caught about 2 minutes of the "Comedy Centrl Roast" of Pam Anderson, and I just couldn't watch it.

Was foul language used at the old "Friars Club" roasts? You bet! Buddy Hackett and Alan King were quite well versed in the language... However, they knew when it would work, and when it wouldn't, and they could be funny without it.

I really miss those old roasts.

Mark

61 posted on 09/07/2006 10:09:24 AM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: COBOL2Java

Here is link to a short clip of Bill in Stratford in 1960. It's in quick time http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/customcode/tcemedia.cfm?Params=A1MED3655JPGnull


62 posted on 09/07/2006 10:10:36 AM PDT by xp38
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Where's warp drive when you need it?


63 posted on 09/07/2006 10:12:13 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a leftist with a word processor.)
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To: LYSandra

what roast? nobody bothered to really roast shatner, they were all too bust taking shots at takei.


64 posted on 09/07/2006 10:14:39 AM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: FreedomNeocon
I bet you Picard would go...

Actually, I read that Patrick Stewart thinks we should stop spending our energy on space travel and fix our problems here at home first.

65 posted on 09/07/2006 10:15:14 AM PDT by Egon (We are number one! All others are number two... or lower.)
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To: LYSandra

I saw that roast and it was way over the top. The jokes about George Takei were the nastiest. Betty White was one of the tamer ones up there. I did like seeing Shatner riding up to the stage on a white horse and bringing his captain's chair out of the Smithsonian was a nice touch, though.


66 posted on 09/07/2006 10:19:26 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: MarkL

Ugh... That's what happens when I try posting and updating a PIX firewall at the same time...

I'm just SIC of the spelling, grammar, and all-around poor wording!

Mark


67 posted on 09/07/2006 10:28:21 AM PDT by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: DaveLoneRanger

He's 75?! Hell I'd be scared just getting up in the morning!


68 posted on 09/07/2006 10:48:39 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: DaveLoneRanger

Funny.


69 posted on 09/07/2006 10:49:50 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: COBOL2Java

I thought he was a singer.

This seems as good a place as any to include Bill Shatner's take on ROCKET MAN....

I'M A ROCKET MAN!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVbv6r_tKnE


70 posted on 09/07/2006 11:02:45 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Michael Goldsberry; GMMAC; Lady Jag

That was very funny.

Thanks.

:-D

See post 53.
LOL!


71 posted on 09/07/2006 11:08:04 AM PDT by fanfan (Trust everybody, but cut the cards yourself.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Holy Cow I've never seen that before and never want to see it again!


72 posted on 09/07/2006 11:36:45 AM PDT by oust the louse
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To: oust the louse

I think it's hilarious, but to each his own.


73 posted on 09/07/2006 11:38:35 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: weegee
Wasn't he paid in worthless priceline stock one time?

IIRC, he sold it immediately and cleaned up. Now they have to pay him in cash. LOL!

74 posted on 09/07/2006 12:00:48 PM PDT by Toddsterpatriot (Why are protectionists so bad at math and reading?)
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To: Thebaddog
Sheez, he should beam himself back in time for another round with Uhuru...

Not on your life. Uhura was Roddenbury's mistress.
75 posted on 09/07/2006 12:18:13 PM PDT by George W. Bush
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To: DaveLoneRanger
Shatner — who plays fearless Kirk

Played, Ms. Smith, played. Shatner is not currently portraying Captain Kirk.
76 posted on 09/07/2006 12:19:46 PM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever! ouch)
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To: sticker

I like that he had to put "Captain Kirk of Star Trek" on the album cover.


77 posted on 09/07/2006 12:21:26 PM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever! ouch)
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To: weegee

Hehehe.


78 posted on 09/07/2006 12:37:00 PM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: DaveLoneRanger

"To boldly blow chunks that no man has blown before!"
79 posted on 09/07/2006 1:17:31 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: 1rudeboy

In the running for the Worst Song Of All Time.

That being the case, I find it hard to determine whether Shatner was serious or not.

Also on YouTube, check out Chris Elliot's parody of Shatner's travesty.


80 posted on 09/07/2006 1:56:57 PM PDT by Erasmus (It takes branes to make an alternate universe!)
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To: Erasmus

I find it very unlikely that Shatner was taking himself seriously in that clip.


81 posted on 09/07/2006 1:59:06 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: brownsfan

Not to mention this question: How many times did Picard get the girl?

ONCE!


82 posted on 09/07/2006 2:19:02 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: COBOL2Java

He was also great as "The Big Giant Head" on Third Rock.


83 posted on 09/07/2006 3:02:52 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: RandallFlagg; sheprd
Nightmare at 200,000 Feet!
84 posted on 09/07/2006 3:33:06 PM PDT by E-Mat
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To: George W. Bush

Wasn't Gene searching for new life in a lot of strange places?


85 posted on 09/07/2006 4:57:40 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Labs Rules! Brilliant!)
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