Sci-Fi Icon ‘Beams’ Down In Ohio

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William Shatner addresses Ohio convention audience earlier this week.(Photo: Brian Bull/WCPN Radio)
William Shatner addresses Ohio convention audience earlier this week.(Photo: Brian Bull/WCPN Radio)

A sci-fi icon beamed down to Cleveland to share his enterprising insights at a major marketing convention.

William Shatner has put in 50 years before the camera, including his trademark role as James T. Kirk, Captain of the Starship Enterprise, in TV’s “Star Trek”. When Kirk wasn’t battling Klingons or wooing green-skinned alien women, he was often – in a sense—marketing the Enterprise’s 5-year mission…to boldly go where no one had gone before….

“…..risk…RISK is our business! That’s what the starship is all about! That’s WHY we’re aboard her!”

These days, Shatner’s mission isn’t so different . The 82-year-old Canadian-American has been a pitchman for many products and companies, including Priceline.com and State Farm Insurance.

“Fire, metal, oil, and turkey…are glorious when in harmony (“Turkey fryer! I’ve always wanted to try that.”) But their power is unrelenting….”

Speaking at the Content Marketing Institute’s convention yesterday, Shatner didn’t see his eclectic career as one of reinvention.

“I think it’s more like evolution. In that if it doesn’t work, it dies. And if it works, it works. You just keep trying to do something good. And whether it’s my field or yours, you keep trying, to get the thing right, and eventually, you will,” says Shatner.

Shatner drew on examples of innovation, humor, and passion in his presentation, saying viral campaigns and social media also figure into successful marketing efforts. His own show, “Star Trek” became a cult sensation after its cancellation after only three seasons.

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