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Sometimes, you have to push work aside, stop watching the news, prop your feet up and share someone else’s joy . . .

When “Star Trek” was a new TV phenomenon, I appreciated the show’s originality but was not impressed by the “pretty-face-actor” William Shatner, playing Captain Kirk.

After that role, he was forgettable in many non-blockbusters, but did many “special appearances” during which he proved his ability to laugh at himself . . . again and again!

Over the years, he watched his diet somewhat, did a little exercise, rode horses for fun, married four times, and accumulated an estimated $100 million fortune.

Yesterday, he was the guest of the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, aboard a Blue Origin flight to the edge of space on a 13-minute ride.

Certainly, it was poetic that “Captain Kirk” became the oldest person (age 90) to reach Space, but his effusive reaction afterwards was simply joyous to watch.

Watching him age with the rest of us, embracing life, while maintaining a healthy self-deprecating sense of humor, is evidence of a life well-lived.

He has indeed lived long and prospered!  I salute him!!

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