William Shatner, 90, speaks to the news media after his flight with three others in a capsule powered by Blue Origin’s reusable rocket engine New Shepard on a landing pad near Van Horn, Texas, October 13, 2021. (Mike Blake/Reuters) On William Shatner in space, the surliness of the public, tussles over language, a singing field-goal kicker, and more
As you will have heard, William Shatner went up into space yesterday — for real, not just on television or in a movie — courtesy of Jeff Bezos and one of his spaceships.
Let me pause to comment on Bezos and his fellow space entrepreneurs. I’m not a great fan of the “two kinds of people” formula. In fact, when I was a kid, I thought I was pretty clever when I said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who say ‘There are two kinds of people in the world’ and those who don’t.”
That out of the way: I think there are two kinds of people, or two clear camps: those who appreciate and even thrill to what Bezos and the others are doing with space travel, and those who resent and