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Day 999: Buh-Bye, So Long and Hallelujah

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It’s a completely valid question.

For the past 50 or so days I have been fielding one question more often than most: what am I going to do for Day 1000? Will the final kilograph reflect upon the 999 that came before, like some extended clip show of my greatest guffaws and most aww-rending moments? Will I spend my final entry in closing-credits mode, thanking those who have made this all possible and put up with my considerable dearth of free time over the last 2 years and almost 9 months?

In short… no. While my original intent was to meander down that self-serving footpath for my final article, I decided that I would only do so if I could cite the Wikipedia page that had been created about me – as it turns out, that doesn’t exist yet.

In order to figure out my final missive, I felt I should turn to the moulder of my wisdom, the sage oracle who has helped to shape my morality, my perception, and even my understanding of the world: television. I have experienced the highs and lows of series finales – certainly at least one of them could illuminate the road to a poignant, entertaining, and (most of all) worthy coda to this monstrous undertaking.

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My first option is the beloved trope of bringing back a classic character for the finale. In my case I could introduce a surprise cameo by Yoko Ono, Craig David, Mary Nissenson, or if I really want to stretch to my roots, Phineas Gage. I could style the entire piece in a blend of haiku, musical theatre and secret code (did anyone ever figure that one out?). It sounds trite and cliché, but that’s always a place to start, isn’t it? Read more…

Day 109: 15 Facts About William Shatner

After a barrage of flavorless Wikipedian stubs about soccer players, Polish villages and moth species, a familiar face looked coyly out at me from the right-side column of the page. It was a face that said, “Hey there. You landed on my page. You know you want to write about me.” I am powerless to resist the power of the Shat.

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So what did I learn? I learned that Mr. Shatner is worth the investment of a thousand words. For example…

He’s Canadian.

Okay, everyone probably knows this. He was born Côte St.-Luc, a Montreal suburb that was the first municipality in Quebec to ban smoking in public places. The city was forced to merge with Montreal in 2002, and exactly four years later it re-incorporated itself as a separate city. I doubt Shatner had anything to do with this.

He’s Jewish.

Bill is descended from Austrian, Polish, Hungarian and Ukrainian Conservative Jews. I don’t know if this has ever surfaced in his work, if he’s ever played a notably Jewish character, but it’s interesting. Also, the thought of him reading a portion of the Talmud in that trademark delivery of his just makes me smile.

He was on Howdy Doody.

Well technically he was on the Canadian Howdy Doody show. He played Ranger Bob. There’s no footage of this on Youtube, but I hope it exists somewhere. If nothing else, this gives us an idea how long Shatner has been in show business – he helped to invent Canadian television.

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