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I have indeed been SHATNERED.But I was "lucky"(?) enough to have "Bill S." stop and talk for a moment and take a picture with me. The photo was taken by the wife of Mr.Shatner that unfortunately drowned about two years later. He's still Kirk and you can never go wrong with a little bit of...SHATNER.
Uh, on top of everything else bad to say about the Big Poop Head aka Shatner....wasn't he suspected of murdering his wife a while back???
A friend of mine worked for PBS in Maryland in the mid-80's where the Shatner taped some "Universe" special. He was very finicky and health conscious (demanding his herbal tea cart on set and later refusing to drink from a chalice, as called for in a script). Despite his health consciousness, he boldy went into the smoking lounge when he spied my friend and her young girlfriend puffing away. He went on and on about the supersecret plot for his upcoming ST V flick (the only one that lost money). I don't think they were impressed, either.
I'm so happy to know I'm not the only one who thinks His Highness is an obnoxious moron! If he's as wonderful as he seems to think he is, why do the rest of us not know it? What a jerk.
There is a comment below about a signing at a car show. I had the exact same experience around the same time at a car show in Seattle. argh.. I don't know if anyone has posted Wil Wheatons web site but there is a great shirt that Shatners all over Bill.
I was just sitting here, reading over this site, when a new use of the word "Shatner" occured to me. Here goes:
I hear or dear sweet wonderful Capt Kirk wont be doing public appearances any more....
I had a similar autograph experience, although I didn't have to buy a book. Shatner and James Doohan were at a car show, doing autographs. I don't remember exactly when, but it was around the time of "Star Trek IV." Scotty was cool, and signed anything you brought, and had a quick chat. When we lined up to meet Shatner, we were informed by his handler that we were to walk up the steps (he was on a stage above us), walk briskly by, shake his hand, and move down the opposite steps, where we would be handed a "pre-signed" studio picture. We were told not to attempt to talk to the great man. The picture had a split Kirk/TJ Hooker thing going. This kind of treatment seems to be his M.O.
I wasn't working on the show, but a number of people I know were...
Geez Jayne, I would have told him to sod off and stick his ice tea where the sun don't shine!
k...i go to collage and one of my proffesors is CONVINCED that William shatner (and char and dick clark) are all vampires. they feed on the blood of the young to keep themselves young!!!
I was unfortunate to encounter Shatner in a small Kentucky community in the mid-90's. A small, very rich, horse-breeding community called Versailles, where he kept thoroughbreds, apparently.
'Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou Shatnered whale!
I had an identical experience with Shatner at a Convention appearance.
Well, I don't have a Shatner story but I thought yours was a bit of a bummer! And I didn't finish the guest book completely (I'll get back to it but my AOL just froze so I'm chancing even this much) but geesh! I'm glad I never met the guy.
Hey did you know that bill's 71? He just got plastic surgery and is on the cover of the August edition of the in-flight magazine on Air Canada. Why he is, I have no idea.
>>Do you know Adam West claims he learned his speech patterns from William Shatner?
>>[if things were so bad, why wasn't he at home and not hawking books at the mall?]
sorry for the confusion, but the woman in those articles I cited refer to Shatner's wife-to-be, Nerine. It was about 6 months before they were married.
note to th guy going on about Shatner's wife...if she was dying and all, why is he running around with other women, as in the post 2 below yours? shows how much he CARED, dont it?
Did it ever occur to you that Mr. Shatner may have been preoccupied with more serious matters when you met him on May 26, 1999?
one day a friend put on shatners album. Nuff said.
This entry was combined from a couple articles written by Ron Mckay in the newspaper Scotland on Sunday in the mid 1990's.
Have a good day, eh?
Here are a couple of encounters with Captain Jerk...First, my close friend was working at Magic Mtn. amusement park in CA during a filming of TJ Hooker. When she walked by the crew she saw Mr. Ego doing leglifts on the grass in his underwear (and of course his toupee) in full view of anyone wandering by.
Concerning the story about Bill's gay one-night stand:
Thank you for posting my unintelligible entry. It had no website to plug and I take it you deemed it relevant to your story. I should've checked the spelling before submitting it. And proofreas it further, I guess.
Once I saw him at the airport and I walked up to him while he was sitting there waiting for his plane. I stood there with a book that I let every one sign. I put by him and he looked up at me got up and pushed me away and walked to the Starbucks nearby. So because of that experience I thought up a little saying.... Ugggh..oooooh..splurt... I got A whole Bunch of Shatner on the toilet...gross.
I was at a con where he showed up. now at that time, me and some friends were doing cable access comedy on a local channel. first off- I got stuck with door monitor duty. whoopie. I hadda let WillHam Shatner in. wasnt told any details, and tried to derail about 30 people advancing with autograph pens and stuff to be signed. I didnt know they had PAID to do that...?! Second- after I was duly informed otherwise, I just let them do their thing, and opened the door for him to to go onstage. I said simply- "Good afternoon, sir." He gave me look that woulda wilted the cannon of an Abrams tank. He did his thing, and acted like someone turned on a switch. Got off stage, and went to Constipated Grump mode. me and a buddy wanted to go get dual distruptors and "escort him out", with the things to his back. mwahaha. And wanna know something? I had more people telling me they were FANS of MY work (on the cable show) than ol' Shatty boy! *G* All I could do was smile, nod, and SWEAT. Honestly, it kinda freaked me out. But I was still gracious, if not so stupified and shocked it about knocked me over.
Did you know that in the old days shat was the past tense of shit? Many old poems have the line "he shat upon the floor" or similar. That's the honest truth.
How deleting your own pathetic story? Every trekkie knows What actors ar friends of the fans and their level of interest in interacting with the fandom. Make plans to attend a convention some day. You will collect so much more material for new websites. And consider yourself lucky. Shatner charges over a $100 for his autograph independently of which book of his you buy. Trek fans are a resilient breed. We are not easily screwed by any actor who had ever milked from Trek. You asked to be Shatnered. Treasured your signed copy and read more of it.
I was producing a silent auction for a children's charity and got a hold of Walter Koenigs email address from a friend to ask for an autographed photo. She said that he was very friendly and would gladly help us out. Well, he answered the first email with an enthusiastic OK and asked me to send him an official request on our letterhead. This I did, of course. Then.....nothing. For well over two months I waited. Then I sent him another email, to which he replied "Who are you and what do you want?" I, once again explained everything and he acknowledged that he remembered us. Here's the kicker: When I asked him once again if he would honor his word and send us something, he responded "did I say I would....?" What the hell is that??? Mr. Jerkov, your career is beaming up.
howdy! i had 2 tell u i just about died when i read that whoile ting on shatner, cause my friends and i here in humboldt have been using his name as a total cutdown for almost a year. as in your such a fukking shatner!!!! but let me tell you how it all began.............
This site cracked me up. I have zero interest in Shatner and Star Trek. I DO have the 'Golden Throats' CDs however and Shatner's 'singing' can always brighten a dreary day due to it's awful Shatnerianinity.
I loved your Shatner story. I just came across this web site and read your encounter. Your killing me. I'm here at work and laughing out loud in reqards to your experince and your comments about Mr.Bill.
I always liked the original Star Trek series, and thought James T. could never be topped as Captain. That was UNTIL....I got a brain, no... UNTIL....those damn Priceline commercials. Even black and white filming could not mask Shatner's thinly veiled ego. I found his performance repulsive and particularly Un-Funny. Apparently HE is the only one who thought he was amusing (and/or talented). I read somewhere that he always slept in his chair in-between takes while shooting the commercials; and was rude to everyone on the set. (If I read it, it MUST be true, right????) It got so bad that I became physically ill everytime a Priceline commercial began, and had to either vomit or change the station!!! I could not care less if Shatner got a life -- it would just be nice if the old fart got a personality.
"You fools...all of you!! Don't you realise what you're doing???...you're about to - destroy your entire....CIVILISATION!! Look around you....see what you've BECOME!! Is this what your God taught you to be??...SAVAGES???....MURDERERS???...I BEG you people to - stop this...madness!!!"
Hi all. I actually do have a Shatner story as well as a Nimoy story I would like to relate. I met both of them in a public appearence they did (at different times though at the same location) and here is what I remember of it.
While far from being a Trekkie - and I have no interest whatsoever in the second series (all I know is that every time I happen to stumble upon it on the telly it features that chap Riker sporting a Klingon-type forehead) - I have always been a huge fan of the original cult 60s show, for it represents (unlike The Next Generation) a triumph of imagination and vision over budgetary limitations, with the perfect mixture of thematic depth, strong characterisation, pathos, amusing karate-style fighting and cheesy humour.
what happpened when captain kirk was standing over his wife and he had a bowel movement?
U gotta be Shatin' me!
Now, I've never met the man, but last year I was attending a Sci-fi/Anime convention and he was a guest. He was scheduled to give a presentation of some sort and wanted over $100 for a seat and an autograph.
i have no shatner story, and i hope i never do. but i've read some of the autobiographies of some of the other original trek actors, and i can't say i've found anything about him that would make me like him. this just reinforces it.
This food looks like a pile of shatner
No story, just a few comments. I may be mistaken, but I don't think he did any of his own "Captain Kirk" stunts. Maybe that is why he looks like an out of shape piece of Shatner. As OLD GUYS go I'd "do" Sean Connery before I even had a drink with Mr. Bill.
Sorry to go against the trend, but ages ago, when he was publicising the first movie, I waited for an autograph before he did a chat show for the BBC.It was raining, he was late for the show and the BBc guys were hassling him to hurry up. I had a camera round my neck and he asked if I'd like a picture, of course I was delighted. He sked one of the BBC guys who was not best pleased and who apparently had never used a simple Kodak automatic as it took him 3 times to get it right. He was totally charming and I would hate to think he'd changed so much.
Was very interested by your experience meeting Bill Shatner. One of my mother's friends, who is from Canada, told me that she used to work in a coffee shop often frequented by Bill in his early "acting" days, before Star Trek. I can't remember exactly what she said, but the basic jist of it was that he was very unfriendly and incredibly big headed. That story, along with this site and its guestbook, are just drops in the ocean of tales of Shatner's generally unpleasant attitude. I know a lot of actors, and whilst there may be a certain amount of post-accidental-fan-meeting groaning, it is generally with good humour, and they are always pleased to meet fans. Finally, I went to a book-signing by Majel Barret Roddenberry years ago, and, whilst meeting her was a necessarily brief experience (there were HUNDREDS of people there), she was nevertheless very pleasant. Considering the awful jobs some people have to do, occasionally being recognised by people who think you are wonderful doesn't sound that bad.
I think a lot of celebrities get jaded and weary of people always trying to 'use' them. When they meet too many people with a hidden agenda they just get suspicious of the public. They never promised to be anyone's buddy or pal just because they are working in a public forum. So the guy is distant, big whoop! I think a secret jealousy is at the heart of people who over-react to the coolness of some celebrities. If you want a warm fuzzy pal, get a dog, not an autograph.
I don't have a Shatner story, however a co-worker of mine,who is a huge Star Trek: TNG fan, waited on Patrick Stewart in our shop. He was very amicable. As it turned out, my associate ended up going out to Stewart's house to do an in home estimate and then installing an entertainment system for him. He was beside himself that he had Capt. Picard's phone # in his cellphone. He had to restrain himself from calling Mr. Stewart and checking up on it every other day. One day he swung by again to make sure everything was working. Patrick Stewart opens the door, looks my friend in the eye and says (with his trademark delivery)...
During the filming of one of the TekWar movies (they were made-for-tv movies, I think) I had the occasion of meeting Mr. Shatner in person. He and another, younger man (an assistant, perhaps. He was wearing a TekWar jacket, so that is how I am guessing that the two were involved in the filming of TekWar) ate lunch at Kenny Roger's Roast, the restaurant I worked at.
Wow! What a stroke of luck to find your web-site! (True Story) I was just about to cancel a trip to Vegas with my girlfriend and her family so I could attend a convention with the sole purpose of getting Shatner's autograph. Clearly this site has helped me realize that I'm not missing ANYTHING by not meeting that load of Shatner. Keep up the good work!
Great story, sorry about your experience with the great Captain Kirk. What a total piece of Shatner. From what I hear a lot of movie stars are like that. If Shatner was hurting for money you would of probably have a different experience at the book signing. Oh well that's how the world works now a days. It's a big Shatner sandwhich and everybody's got to take a bite. Well good luck to you, and try to not to step in any Shatner.
i have never actually met that @$$Hole i have seen him at an airport screeming at an attendant.
My! I just ripped a Shatner!
I was able to meet Shatner away from any publicity. He is an absolute hoot. This was at a small diner, people nice and friendly. He was talking with everyone nicely, until some obvious touristy type came in, and said "Hey, it's Captain Kirk!"
I know this will come as a shock to many people, but I'm going to let out a secret that I've been harboring for many years. Back in the late 1970s, I was a close friend of Bill (actually a friend of a friend, but we were together quite a bit). Bill, my friend and I did quite a bit of miscelaneous drugs together, mostly cocaine. One night we had been up for a few days when Bill suggested that we try something different. We proceeded to have sex together (yes... homosexual sex). Shatner claimed this was something he'd never done, but by the way he went at, it I rather doubt it. It only happened that night, but the truth of the situation remains: I was William Shatner's homosexual lover for one night. By the way, R. Mason is an alias, so don't bother going to the press with this if you intend for me to come forward.
Not surprising and I don't doubt it a bit!!
The story you are about to read is entirely baseless, with no positive evidence supporting the facts on which it would not be based. The message however is very real, and anyone interested in William/Bill Shatner lore should get it and think deeply.
In 1993, while bathing in the Ganges, I noticed a crumpled ungulate at the water's edge. I approached to find a dying wildebeest, bleeding from its....ummmm...nether region. That was only the first such occurrence, and over the next two weeks a total of 17 of these poor animals were discovered in much the same condition. It puzzled local authorities for a while, but eventually a small newspaper reported that William Shatner had been around during that time, for the filming of a "GOT MILK?" commercial. It was reported that he was staying in a nearby hotel, and liked to take walks by the river. Draw your own conclusions....
Sounds like you've been raped and shatnerized.
This is why I love my grandmother:
Way back in 1974 I was a contestant on a game show (Blankety Blanks) and Shatner was the celebrity on the other team. He was reasonably friendly, and even autographed an empty box of Promise Margarine, for which he was a pitchman. At the time, he was starring in a flop series "Barbary Coast" and had not reached his pinnacle of arrogant stardom.
We here at the clubhouse find it disturbing that William Shatner actually believes he is a talented entertainer. We have recently adopted a modified comeback in honor of him; "Shatner Happens"!
I have cramps and the stores were packed when I went shopping today, AND I forgot to buy a magazine I wanted. Today was a real Shatner.
LMAO at this, it was too funny!
I would have signed this earlier, but I had to take a SHATNER.
In response to a great "shatner" slam........
I have never cared for Shartner, and I can see why now. Too bad he had been so rude to the folks who came out to see him.
Great site.Keep it up. Fascinating!
I haven't ever met Shatner, thank goodness, but I met Patrick Stewart in Dulles Airport about two years ago and he was very polite. We talked as we made our way through the concourse and he actually apologized when he had to cut off the conversation to get to his plane. Overall, it was a lovely experience and I guess that makes two nice Starfleet officers and one steaming piece of Shatner.
I have always believed that Shatner is an arrogant prick with little or no acting and singing talent...Priceline.com commercials anybody? He also managed to render both Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and Mr. Tambourine Man unlistenable. Anyways, I didn't meet Shatner but my parents did, when he was filming a movie with Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine, called "Miss Congeniality", at the alamo. While Bullock chit-chatted a little during takes with my parents, Shatner refused to talk to anyone or to even have his picture taken.
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