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Re: William Shatner
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0331  Thursday, 9 April 1998.

[1]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 8 Apr 1998 15:06:02 -0500
        Subj:   Re:  Star Trek CD

[2]     From:   A.Gerull <
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        Date:   Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 10:33:50 +0000
        Subj:   Re: Star Trek


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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Apr 1998 15:06:02 -0500
Subject:        Re:  Star Trek CD

Ah but Shatner played the 'boy' in Julius Caesar - there is a photo of
him at the feet of Lorne Greene (yes, later to be Pa Cartwright) as
Brutus looking soulfully into the middle distance and, I think,
strumming a lyre (Stratford Ontario 1955 or so) .  I can find  the
reference if anyone really cares to look it up. Odd that Canada supplied
two such major American icons as Kirk and Cartwright.

It was the last year of the tent and I was 12 so I cannot comment on the
production - except that I was absolutely riveted  by it all, especially
Marc Antony delivering "friends , Romans"  to the crowd who were leaving
up the aisles. One man  stopped  right beside me  and actually spoke to
Antony on the stage. Although I have completely forgotten Shatner, I
have never forgotten what it was like to be "inside" a scene for the
first time.

Oh yes and Shatner did a creditable job as  the lead in "Point of
Departure" on CBC TV in the 50s -which I saw  in the early 80s on
kinescope and analysed  for a book I was writing.

Could the CD have been the 'smoke' in  the California air?

Mary Jane

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From:           A.Gerull <
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Date:           Thursday, 9 Apr 1998 10:33:50 +0000
Subject:        Re: Star Trek

In addition to what Richard Burt wrote:

I remember from Gene Roddenbury's book on the creation of The Classic
Star Trek that Shatner actually played some Shakespeare before changing
into the Starfleet uniform. The Shakespeare connection, however, goes
much further: In the classic series there's a Shakespeare quote in
almost every show and this tradition is continued in The Next Generation
which of course has a real Shakespearean actor on the bridge. Apart from
Shakespeare being the "obvious" choice, I`m still trying to figure out
what else could be in this.

Live long and prosper,
A.Gerull
Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum
 

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