William Shatner

Handwriting- a style in which characterizes a person. ¬†It’s something uniquely theirs. ¬†My own signature has changed over the years as I have taken a liking to the curve or straight lines of cursive letters which I have seen other people use.

Whatever the reason, I love collecting¬†star autographs. ¬†There’s something special about seeing your name being written in the moment on a piece of paper or photograph. ¬†It’s transferring from the famous person’s brain to their hand, through the pen and forever onto the paper. ¬†I see it as a fleeting moment in them that they are concentrating on you, making you special. That’s a lot to think about for the few seconds that the autograph is being created, so in reality, if you’re anything like me, you’re actually in a controlled hysteria causing you to stand there speechless; smiling like a fool before nervously walking away.

That reminds me of when I met William Shatner. ¬†I’ve always been a Captain Kirk fan. ¬†March 18, 2012 I got a chance to meet him in person. ¬†He ¬†bought his “It’s Shatner’s World and We Just Live In It” show to Milwaukee. ¬†I chose to purchase the highest price ticket which would allow me to meet him backstage after the show. ¬†Not to skip over the show and diminish how great it was (By the way I think it should be released on DVD I liked it so much), but this section is about autographs not shows.

I was very very nervous to even be in the same room with him. ¬†¬†Mr. Shatner was only going to be autographing posters from the show and nothing else in the way of Star Trek or other memorabilia. ¬†We had our names written on a sticky note so he could personalize the poster and then pose for a picture. ¬†This process would hopefully make the line run quickly and smoothly. ¬†By the time it was my turn, the line may have been running too ¬†smoothly and quickly. ¬†I didn’t get to chat with Shat, but standing beside him was enough for me. ¬†I posed for a nervous picture, took the autographed poster off of the table and began to take my first 2 steps away from the table when I heard him speak,

“Just hold on a minute. (pause) ¬†Come back.”

It was like he had set phasers to stun and fired.  I was so afraid I had done something wrong as I turned to face him again.

“This poster is yours. ¬†That guy before you walked away without his,” he explained.

I looked down and I was holding a poster made out with some man’s name on it. ¬†Oh, Bill Shatner, if you hadn’t been paying such close attention, I may have had a useless souvenir on my wall right now. ¬†I traded posters with Bill and thanked him. ¬†He just nodded and went on to the next poster in front of him. I imagine if stars do this enough it does become quite mechanical.

This is one of my most prized autographs as I don’t think it’s that easy to get to meet William Shatner everyday. ¬†Also the same reason why I paid so much.¬†wpid-20140718_230559-1.jpg