The Wayne communiqué. online resource (None) 1968-1973, March 06, 1969, Image 1
The Wayne Communique VOLUME I ^ WAYNE COMMUNITY COLLEGE DATE March 6, 1969 SPECIAL EDITION !! AN INTERVIEW WITH WILLIAM SHATNER, STAR OF NBC-TV's "STAR TREK" KH1 tor's Note: On Washington's Birthday, February 22, Belk's Department Store in New Bern was host to William Shatner, who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the NBC TV series "Star Trek." Through no small miracle, with the help of R. W. Baker, the Sales Manager of Belk's, I managed to schedule an interview with Mr. Shatner. Edward Nicholson, the Dean of Academic Affairs, graciously consented to drive James Joyner, the future editor of the Communigue~I and myself to New Bern and back, go....loaded down with three cameras, film, flash cubes, a new portable tape re corder from the library, and oiir gifts to Mr. Shatner, we started out early Satur day morning. We spent approximately 35 minutes with Mr. Shatner in Mr. Baker's office. Of course, the first question we asked was if there were any chance "Star Trek" would not be canceled next season Nicholson: Would it help to \^rite? u-P■ Shatner: No, I think it's too late for that^ But it'll go through the sum- reruns. They're changing the time slot to Tuesdays at 7:30 in April. Karen: They should have done that before. Shatner: Yes, they should have. That may have some results If the ratings go •up dramatically, it may have some result. But, to all intents and purposes, the program's canceled. I'm curious. Is this for a particular subject? James: No. Karen's the editor and I'm the co-editor of our school paper. Karen: The Wayne Communique'^ mt.■ Shatner: Oh, I see. So it's really a newspaper rather than for any academic credit of any kind. Mr. Nicholson: In a two-year college, you always have the problem of a vary ing quality of student interest and you're helping to maintain it. Mr. Shatner: (laughing) Well, I don't know; my English may not be very good. But we had the same problem. I went to McGill at the University of Montreal and, of course, every college has the same problem—the constant turnover. The football team gets the most publicity, (laughing) but it works for the news paper, too, doesn't it? Karen: Did you work on the newspaper? Mr. Shatner; No. My office for the college musicals and the theater society was next door (laughing) to the newspaper. But I didn't work on the newspaper at all; I didn't do any creative writing on it. Karen: Then you've never written any scripts?