Written By: Ken Hulsey
There were two interesting stories that have surfaced in the "Star Trek" universe today. The first features a bit of diplomacy between the two Captain Kirk's, and the second deals with a large sum of money going to the Roddenberry's dogs.
Any actor who has taken on a role that was made famous by someone else has felt the extra pressure that comes with the territory. Well, imagine how it must have felt for Chris Pine taking on the role of Captain Kirk, knowing that the actor who has played the character for decades, William Shatner, is having mixed feelings about the whole thing.
Shatner got in to a very public feud with the bosses at Paramount, over the actors requested cameo in the latest "Star Trek" film. After the actor felt 'snubbed' by the studio, he had no trouble in making his feelings known to anyone in ear shot.
When Pine found out about the fight, he went proactive, contacting Shatner to 'bury the hatchet'.
Pine explains, "I wrote William Shatner a letter and explained who I was because I heard there was bad blood between him and the studio. I said, 'I'm just an actor who happened to get a role that happened to be James T. Kirk, and I'm not trying to usurp your status or anything'. He replied, 'Thank you very much for the letter. I wish you the best of luck.' I have it on my fridge."
Since that time, it has been rumored that Shatner has gotten his wish, landing a cameo in the already planned sequel to "Star Trek."
By reaching out an olive branch, Pine has shown the tact that every Starfleet captain before him has learned. You always want to be on the good side of the guy who's seat you have just taken.
Now I have to admit that I have never understood why people leave huge chunks of money to their pets after they pass.
It is being reported by TMZ that the late Majel Roddenburry, widow to "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, has left the sum of $4 million to a trust for the couples dogs.
The couples housekeeper, Reinelda Estupinian, who has been given the task of looking after the dogs, was left $1 million, and the right to live in the family's Los Angeles mansion along with the pets.
Now before you get any ideas that the dogs were left the house as well, I should point out that the property was actually willed to the Roddenberry's son Eugene Wesley, Jr, along with the bulk of their remaining wealth.
I don't know about you, but my four cats eat a lot and go through tons of kitty litter, but I don't think that it would take $4 million to take care of them if my wife and I were gone.
I really shouldn't poke to much fun at Majel's choice to leave her money to her pets. I had the pleasure of meeting her once, so I can tell you that she was a really great person.
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