Yesterday was Bill's 81st birthday. Man I hope have Bill's vim and vigor if I make it to 81.
Someone suggested that March 22nd should be International Talk Like William Shatner Day. To quote Bill, I can get behind that. For many years, we celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day at The Grey Lodge. Like many things it ran it's course.
If I ever get to have a beer with Shanter, no make that after I get to have a beer with Bill, we will make every March 22nd, Talk Like William Shatner Day at the Lodge in commemoration (unless he hates the idea). Heck we might do it even if I never get to have a beer with Bill.
I just did some Googling, WTF, International Talk Like William Shatner Day is now four years old. How. Did. I. Miss this? In the video, I think the big guy might be confusing William Shatner with Christopher Walken, but hey it works. Sort of.
It's easy and maybe fun to joke about Bill's cadence, but that is exactly what makes his Shakespeare so good. We have all suffered through enough badly done Shakespeare that is just a jumble of old words with little meaning. Bill's Shakespeare monologues between songs on A Transformed Man are really great, you can listen to a little of them here.
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