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10 DESIGN007 MAGAZINE I JUNE 2021 William Shatner recently celebrated his 90 th birthday, and much like the Star Trek franchise that he's famous for, Shatner has aged well. No matter how many one-act plays he does on Broadway, he will always be Captain James Tiberius Kirk. For many of us boomers, it's hard to remem- ber a time before Star Trek. I was three years old when Star Trek (Original Recipe) came out, and five when it went off the air and into aernoon syndication, so I could watch it aer I got home from kindergarten. is was the first show I regularly watched that wasn't a cartoon. Before that, I was strictly a Flintstones and Beany and Cecil kind of guy. You must understand: Aer watching car- toons for my entire short life, Star Trek seemed like reality. I didn't see special effects. To me, this was the exciting, real world outside of Cheverly, Maryland. Beam me up, Scotty! Kindergarten wasn't cutting it for me, and I didn't like listening to my parents. Dad was always discouraging me from doing things that five-year-old boys natu- rally want to do, like hitting bullets with a ham- mer. What a party-pooper! I knew my dad was somewhat cool because he was taller than my friends' dads. But as a mere chemical engineer, he wasn't nearly as cool as Kirk—a father figure managing a quirky The Shaughnessy Report by Andy Shaughnessy, I-CONNECT007 A Lifetime of Star Trek

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