William Shatner Rock Steady at 90, Still Not Blowin’ in the Wind

 

William Shatner Major TomAt the beginning of March, I left deep discussion of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to others. True, I included Peter, Paul, and Mary’s rendition on “A Breezy Playlist.” It is also true that I issued the standard warnings about the possibility of disco and bears if postings did not pick up along the way. However, this, this never crossed my mind. Blame @arahant who, in a comment on @prestonstorm’s “A Millenial’s Appreciation of Star Trek,” pointed out William Shatner singing to George Lucas.

That is like a laser pointer to a cat for me. What follows is the result of my mental cat running the computer mouse all over as the little green dot danced away. Enjoy some culture and cornbread heading into the weekend. Courtesy of the American Film Institute:

Just in case you did not know, that was Captain Kirk scrabbling the Chairman of the Board’s signature tune like a bad transporter accident:

But wait, there’s more!

I searched diligently, trust me, for a Shatner version of this month’s theme song. To no avail. And yet, from Spaced Out, the Very Best of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, I give you Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the full 1960s Shatner treatment:

While Shatner has not covered Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” yet, speaking of Weil, you may recall Frank Sinatra crooning Kurt Weil’s “Lost in the Stars” with the lyrics:

Now a man don’t mind if the stars grow dim
And the clouds blow over and darken him
So long as the Lord God ‘s watching over him
Keeping track how it all goes on~

[ . . . ]

And we’re lost out here in the stars
Little stars and big stars
Blowing through the night
And we’re lost out here in the stars
Little stars and big stars
Blowing through the night

So we have the excuse of “wind” to turn to Seeking Major Tom, as Shatner, ummm, performs “Lost in the Stars:”

I qualified my statement about the lack of a Shatnerized “Blowin’ in the Wind” with “yet” because the man is still hard at work as he enters his 90th year. Mr. Shatner is partnering with Storyfile and has a new movie, Senior Moments, out on all the streaming platforms:

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  1. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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  2. Dotorimuk Coolidge
    Dotorimuk
    @Dotorimuk

    He’s quite a character.

    We used to play that CD with the Shatner and Nimoy smash hits on the overhead speakers at the Oklahoma City Borders bookstore. Got a lot of feedback on that.

    Long may he run.

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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    You call it blame, but I’ll take the credit for having such a marvelous memory and backlog of cultural experiences to share.

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  4. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
    9thDistrictNeighbor
    @9thDistrictNeighbor

    He is also quite the horseman.  He last competed in Kentucky 2019.  He would still be competing were it not for the pandemic.

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  5. Columbo Member
    Columbo
    @Columbo

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  6. MarciN Member
    MarciN
    @MarciN

    Angela Lansbury at 92 and only semiretired :-)

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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Angela Lansbury at 92 and only semiretired :-)

    So the people of Cabot Cove, Maine still are not safe. Bodies still popping up weekly?

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  8. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Angela Lansbury at 92 and only semiretired :-)

    So the people of Cabot Cove, Maine still are not safe. Bodies still popping up weekly?

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  9. Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy) Thatcher
    Gumby Mark (R-Meth Lab of Democracy)
    @GumbyMark

    Shatner has a lively twitter account which he personally runs.  He does not suffer fools!

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  10. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    Henry Rollins has a wonderful Shatner story:

     

    And the result:

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  11. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    And the acting chops he displays in the classic turkey fryer video are amazing.

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  12. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    And the acting chops he displays in the classic turkey fryer video are amazing.

    We need William Shatner directed by Werner Herzog in a public service announcement.

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