Published On: Tue, Mar 29th, 2011

William Shatner energizes the fans at MegaCon 2011

Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and the current star of “$#*! My Dad Says” landed in Orlando for MegaCon. On the heels of turning 80 earlier in the week, the “Star Trek” star never showed signs of fatigue as he energized the crowds at the Orange County Convention Center during a lecture and a photo/autograph session.

Shatner did talk about his health, a recent hip replacement surgery, setting up his biggest joke:

“I could fall off this stage now and die,” he said to the crowd. “Wouldn’t that be amazing?”

Thousands of fans greeted Shatner to a rendition of “Happy Birthday” in a lecture hall as cameras flashed from every corner of the room.

He worked the crowd with stories describing the chaos of traveling through airports, setting off metal detectors and jokingly extended his arms for the TSA: “I don’t have a bomb. I’m William Shatner…you might remember me from…”

He described some stories and details which will lead up to a fall release of his new book “Shatner Rules” and the double meaning of the title as well as an album: “I also have an album called Seeking Major Tom.”

To smoothly transition from story to story he reflected that “I’m 80 years old, I should have deeper thoughts.”

The fans were frenzied with laughter and energy showing their adoration for the Captain.

In fact, Shatner, telling a story about being told “I love you” by one of his reps and says to the audience: “Don’t you love being told ‘I love you’” so a boisterous fan screamed “I LOVE YOU!” and the convention erupted with cheers.

“I am right now probably the happiest I’ve ever been, in terms of family life, marriage, children, health, work, prospects, everything that you can point at. I am inordinately lucky and I’m happy.”

Fans tossed question after question, and at one point, Shatner did offer to “Tweet” some updates. “I will tweet you” he said proudly only to one a voice in the back of the lecture hall scream “I don’t follow you” so the Captain cautiously (and humorously) stopped: “Wait a minute…wait a minute. This could get chaotic.” He then points to the man and says “I will tweet you. What’s your name? (George) George, (point his finger at George) George, I’m going to tweet you! And I’m going to tweet you screw off!”

The laughter made it difficult to even hear his transition to the next question.

Shatner has a great sense of humor even mocking the Kirk cadence of speech correcting a simple question of “Did you ask me how I was doing? The question isn’t ‘How am I doing’, it’s ‘How am I…doing”. He then goes into a Kirk rant.

His humor is relished by fans who even inquired about his role as Denny Crane on “Boston Legal” and he response started about paying for breakfast with David E. Kelley and then the realization that the “‘Queue the music’ line was an allegory to life being like a television show: “I didn’t know this until the third to last show.”

Fans may shout “I love you” and line up in droves to get an autograph or photo with the former Trek star, but what Shatner gives back to his was a message of his own: “I love you too.”


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