Captain Kirk is finally launching into space.
Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
No, it’s actually William Shatner, the actor who played Captain Kirk in the original Star Trek TV series and the first set of movies, who is launching to the stars at the ripe young age of 90.
What an amazing culmination of a phenomenal icon’s lifetime. I love William Shatner, but I’m referring to Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, who fired my young imagination many years ago when I watched Star Trek reruns as a boy. In those days Science Fiction was not as mainstream as it is today. Yeah, I was nerdy when nerdy wasn’t cool.
In an odd parallel, mainstream interest in science fiction has risen as our space program has grown to overtake the vast imaginations of past minds. TV shows, movies, comic books to big screen…the list goes on and on. People love sci-fi now, not just nerdy folks from many years ago. And we’ve built a space station, sent probes to Mars, and so much more. So many things that were only written down on paper have now blossomed into tangible reality.
So, I’m celebrating William Shatner’s flight into space and wish him well, but it’s Captain Kirk I’ll be cheering. Today, Shatner in space, but tomorrow, the Enterprise will launch on a five year mission…
…and I hope I’m alive at 90 to witness that.