On April 20, 1937, a baby boy was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Fumiko Emily, was born in Sacramento while his father, Takekuma Norman, was born in Yamanashi Prefecture on Japan's main island of Honshu.
Christened Hosato (it took a while to get that dent out of his head
|"Jolly good, that locks up the |
Wait a tic. I'm King.
I don't need any bloody demographics."
Of course, this was several years before World War II started and the family was shipped off to a Japanese-American Internment Camp in Arkansas. Takekuma may have then reconsidered giving his son a "white dude's" name.
Then, the actor who played Mr. Sulu on Star Trek (seriously, does anyone not know that?) would have been Hosato, instead of George, Takei.
Wasn't this a gosh-darned clever few paragraphs?
|"Captain, I'm seeing Klingons on Uranus!!"|
NOTE: Please excuse this tired,
old junior high school joke
|"Okay, pilgrim, I need an Asian for this role. |
You look Asian. Want a job?"
He also played Captain Nim in the John Wayne epic about the Vietnam War, The Green Berets. Filmed primarily in Georgia (because...are you frikkin' kidding me? It's too dangerous in Asia!), this film launched Takei right onto the bridge of the Enterprise. Where he pretty much remained.
|"Wait. My name's Chang? |
I thought I was Klingon."
Dear Lord, that I know that.
|"That's cool! PENWASSER ROCKS!!"|
So, what the heck does any of this have to do with the letter 'O?'
you might be asking? Well, besides the fact I had nothing else for that letter, Takei went on from outer space (yes, yes, I know, smart guy. 'Outer' starts with an 'o.' Shut up) to become an activist for the LGBT movement (he's gay...did I mention that?).
No, I never considered, "Oh my God, he's gay!" Grow up.
He's a very outspoken proponent of the movement and is very active on Facebook and on Twitter. As am I. Meaning...we're not so very different, he and I.
NOTE: Accidental, meaningful sentiment. Not the gay part. You know what I mean. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
WARNING: Curve ball ahead.
Taco Bell has recently introduced a new menu item called the
Vas ist das mit der shtupid
fake Mexican food!?
Bring back Takei! Schnell, schnell
or I'll shoot meinself!!"
|"Reduced fat? Sweet. I can have a cool dozen."|
It sounds absolutely delicious.
|Probably has some side effects, though. |
Because Taco Bell.
Well, yeah. But, 'O' comes before 'Q.' Don't worry, I'm gonna wrap this all up eventually.
Where was I? Oh yeah, I just saw a commercial where George Takei was the spokesman for the Quesalupa. It intrigued me because I actually like Taco Bell and thought the thing looked pretty good, risk of gastro-intestinal distress notwithstanding. Plus, it gave me the inspiration I needed for another post.
The more I looked at George cavorting around the screen as he extolled the tasty deliciousness of this fast food digestive landmine, the more I realized that we've come a long, long way from the bridge of a starship (or even a Georgia forest made to look like a Vietnamese jungle).
|Not this kind of cavort, though.|
|"Ooh, but look at Mr. Sulu all sweaty and with his shirt off!"|
"Warp speed engaged!"
In other words...
Now I just need to figure out 'Q."