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1. William Shatner and the Art of Self-Reinvention

I was struck recently by a photo of William Shatner on the cover of USA Weekend magazine, which was enclosed in my local Sunday newspaper.  The caption beside Shatner’s photo read, “A panel of TV’s funniest stars, including William Shatner, reveals what will make you smile this season.”   William Shatner?  One of TV’s funniest stars?  When did that happen?

I first saw William Shatner in the 1958 film The Brothers Karamazov, which starred Yul Brynner, Maria Schell, Claire Bloom, Richard Basehart, Albert Salmi, and Lee J. Cobb.  If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend it highly.  Shatner played Alexi, the youngest Karamazov brother, who is a monk.  Throughout this drama of love, betrayal, crime, punishment, recklessness, loyalty, intrigue, and redemption, Shatner plays his role with the brooding intensity that befits a classically trained actor, which he was.

Tags: William Shatner, Star Trek, Brothers Karamozov, Quebec, Shakespeare, Charlton Heston, Gene Hackman, James Dean, Robert Redford, Paul Newman, T. J. Hooker, The Practice, Boston Legal, Miss Congeniality, 3rd Rock from the Sun, comedy, television
By Terry R. Bacon

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Greg Hustis

Well, Terry, your piece was entertaining, informative, and with regard to your conclusion, right on the mark. As an acknowledged right wing neanderthal, I am in complete agreement. Perhaps by couching your argument in such a good read, more of our intellectual friends will understand the true immediate danger we all face, especially when considering the constant soft pedaling that terror still receives in so many quarters.

Best to Debra,

Greg

September 10, 2016, 2:06 PM
Petra Hinke

Thank you Terry for a most interesting and frightening analysis...I would have never thought of the ghouls and zombies of our imaginary classic tales coming to life (reality) in the form of ISIS, but they have indeed. Brilliantly said, and truly scary.

This piece and your spot-on comments about Trump make it doubly scary. Let's hope some sanity prevails and that we do not elect him into office. As to ISIS, who knows how to solve that one? What is this world coming to?

Petra

September 12, 2016, 11:38 PM
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