On Wednesday the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs was host to William Shatner, best known for his classic role as Captain Kirk from the original “Star Trek” series. The Emmy and Golden Globe winner was the keynote speaker for the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation 10th Anniversary Celebration Gala. Shatner spoke with members of the press prior to his keynote address. The 87-year pop culture old icon fielded questions on a wide range of topics.
“The world’s on fire,” began Shatner when asked about the talking points of his keynote speech. “This is both good and bad as there’s room for opportunity. Innovators have the opportunity in this world of change to do something meaningful.”
Sticking to theme of innovation, Shatner noted how everyone is counting on the current generation and that, “We’re depending on all these kids who are graduating from school to carry the banner.”
Shatner was more introspective when it came to the impact of science fiction. An accomplished science fiction writer with more than 30 published novels, Shatner credited the popularity of the genre to the allure of the unknown.
“We know nothing about the universe,” said Shatner. “So speculation by a science writer is as truthful as your opinion or my opinion. Even though we’ll all be dead 100 years from now, we can still speculate what the world will be like.”
Jovial and easygoing, Shatner made several quips that received laughs from the room. When asked whether he watches the CBS All Access program, “Star Trek: Discovery,” which is only available for streaming via an app he answered, “No, I don’t know when it’s on.” And when asked the final question of the press briefing on whether Kirk or Picard was the better captain, his mockingly stunned reply was, “Are you mad?”
The complete press conference with William Shatner is available for viewing on the Gazette’s Facebook page.
Gazette media columnist Terry Terrones is a member of the Television Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. You can follow him on Twitter at @terryterrones.