To (somewhat) boldly go to the Skirball Cultural Center, where a ‘Star Trek’ exhibit is on display

John R. Beyer

On Oct. 13, William Shatner made history by becoming the oldest human to ever venture into space aboard the New Shepard, built by Blue Origin and owned by Jeff Bezos.

Of course, blasting off into the dark hinterlands of the cosmos should be no strange occurrence for the 90-year-old actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the iconic “Star Trek” TV series  and movie franchise.

But no, not really. Shatner was used to being on set, playing the dashing captain of the Starship Enterprise while cavorting through the universe.

To be clear, the Enterprise didn’t cavort; only Captain Kirk did, in adventure after planetary adventure. The future of humankind was safe and cozy at night knowing Kirk and his crew were safeguarding the United Federation of Planets (founded in 2161).

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To (somewhat) boldly go to the Skirball Cultural Center, where a ‘Star Trek’ exhibit is on display