Ok, I am shamelessly claiming some bragging rights: Walter Koening retweeted me recently. Here is why this deserves its own blog post:
In addition to the moon landing (http://www.lotsinspace.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-i-became-space-geek-featuring-my-dad.html), the original Star Trek TV show played a pivotal role in stoking my interest in space exploration as a child. I was living in Germany at the time, reduced to watching what I didn't know at the time was a butchered version of the original: Just a handful of the original episodes poorly translated into German, edited down to run in 40-minute time slots at an unpopular time: 6 pm on Saturdays, every two weeks. The reason I remember these details is because I fell in love with the show - even its paler, Germanized version - from the moment I discovered it in the mid-70s. I became a young Star Trek fan in secret, more or less, for years, wondering if anyone else loved the show as much as I did.
Imagine my mad, deliriously stunned surprise when I discovered Star Trek fandom during my first trip to the U.S. at age 16. Complete collections of original episodes on tape. People who totally indulged their love for the show, in public! Novels, fan fiction, photo novels. Conventions, costumes, opportunities to meet the show's stars. At the time I would have been happy to meet just one other person who shared my love for Star Trek. Instead I found Trekkies.Talk about an abundance of riches!
Over the years, I have met William Shatner and George Takei. I recently had the opportunity to hear Nichelle Nichols speak in person. And now Walter Koenig retweeted me. I have tried - and failed - to imagine how my 12-year-old self would have reacted if she had been told about what I would be doing in 2013.
Walter Koenig is hilarious in the sequence of tweets below. It describes a random encounter on the streets of Los Angeles. It's in twitter format, so to read the story from beginning to end, read from the bottom up. I happened to be on twitter and saw the story develop live as Walter Koenig was tweeting it. His retweet of my response is under 2.)