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How William Shatner Changed the World

On Sunday, March 12th, The History Channel is running How William Shatner Changed the World. They only offer this brief description:

You’ve got a cell phone at one ear, an iPod at the other. You know that Blackberry is now a verb and Spam is not only canned meat. But just how did we get here? Blame William Shatner–yes, that William Shatner–Captain Kirk. We’ll boldly go where few have gone before to reveal how scientists, inspired by the series, would revolutionize medicine and are surpassing the far-out vision of the future foreshadowed in Star Trek in the 1960s. From cell phones to computers to even leading-edge medical advancements, this 2-hour special explores how those sci-fi inventions have now permeated everyday life as we know it. Hosted and narrated by Shatner and based on his book, I’m Working on That, we’ll meet the brightest minds of Silicon Valley and the Trek-inspired inventions that have help change the world.

There’s a press release with more information, like this tidbit that fanboys will love:

HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD features interviews with other Star Trek actors George Takei and Nichelle Nichols, and looks at the legacy of subsequent Star Trek franchises and feature films which continue to impact the pace of scientific and technological advancements and inspire a new generation of world-changing scientists and inventors.

Speaking of fanboys, the History Channel is also running a promotional sweepstakes where the winner will get to meet William Shatner at a Star Trek con in Vega$.

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7 Comments on How William Shatner Changed the World

  1. So is there a subculture of techies who habitually rip their shirts in combat?

  2. I saw that on Xmas day on the Discovery Channel. Cool show.

  3. Anonymous // March 14, 2006 at 11:12 am //

    YES YES!!! It is true!!! WILLIAM SHATNER changed the WORLD!!!!! MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! YES!

  4. jim quinn // March 19, 2006 at 10:24 am //

    who is the blonde actress at the end….is she star trek related or shatner’s wife or what????

  5. Anyone know where I can obtain a DVD of the show?

  6. rachelle m. greene // April 24, 2006 at 1:40 am //

    the minute it is available, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD–someone tell me!!!

    i’m watching it at this very moment, and i could CRY that i can’t have it. (how very american of me)

    may God bless and keep Gene Roddenberry, William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Majel Barrett, Walter Koenig, and every techie, stage hand, makeup artist and wardrobe engineer that brought us one of the most influential and socially relevant fictional series in history.

  7. I just found out that the documentary will be released on DVD spring 2007. You can preorder a copy on Shatner’s website http://shatner-store.stores.yahoo.net/preorhowwish.html

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