William Shatner is, as often noted here before, the master of all media. So, it is no surprise that he has a connection to the biggest story of the week…Balloon Boy, no joke. We have details on that below, plus the latest news from Bill, including video from Big Apple Comic Con.
Shatner denies connection with Balloon Boy Hoax
Last Thursday the nation was transfixed with the live story of an out-of control flying saucer-shaped balloon sailing through the skies of Colorado, reportedly containing a young boy named Falcon Heene. When the balloon landed all were happy to find out that the boy was not actually on board and was later found safe, apparently hiding out in the attic. However, questions started to be asked about the family and whether or not the whole thing was a hoax, and by Sunday the local Sherriff announced that they would be filing charges against the boy’s father Richard Heene for perpetuating a hoax.
What does that have to do with Shatner? Well the story goes that Heene, whose family had previously appeared on the ABC reality show Wife Swap, was determined to get into another reality TV show, and the ‘balloon boy’ event last week was allegedly a publicity stunt to help that goal. The Shatner connection comes from a New York Times article this morning which quotes Vincent LeGrow, a video editor who had worked with Heene on a previous project. Here is the what the article stated:
Mr. LeGrow said Mr. Heene had once spoken with the actor William Shatner about potentially hosting a show. Mr. Heene was the co-host of a show called “The Science Detectives,” and sometimes said he was affiliated with the Science Detective Research Group, though few records exist for the company. Some of the “Detectives” segments now appear on YouTube, alongside Mr. Heene’s theories about U.F.O.’s and civilization on Mars.
His story is overblown. He’s inflated the amount of contact we’ve had.
Nice pun, Bill.
Shatner say’s no to the Balloon Boy Dad
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Bill Pitches ‘Sexy’ TekWar Comics
Bill has bi-coastal appearances this weekend. Not only did he show up at the Scream Awards in Los Angeles, but he was also at the Big Apple Comic Con in New York, both signing at the LightSpeed booth, and also promoting his upcoming line of TekWar comic books. Here is video from AP.
Pollack on Shatner (as Shatner)
Over the weekend actor/comedian Kevin Pollack was appearing on stage at the BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas and moderator Guy Kawasaki asked him to talk about his famous impersonation of William Shatner. In the video below, Pollack talks about meeting Bill (and does his best Bill).