L to R — James Cawley, William Shatner, and myself.
Going up north to the Star Trek Set Tour is always something of an adventure, and this trip was no exception! I stayed at a nice lakeside resort called ‘Trout House Village’ in Hague, a small hamlet about ten miles south of Ticonderoga, along the northern portion of Lake George. My room was small and spartan but comfortable, and the lake view was well worth the journey!
However, there would be something different about those particular two days. It seemed that Mr. Shatner’s third visit coincided with the tail end of “Americade” – a huge, week-long motorcycle rally that was taking place in nearby Lake George. Indeed, ‘rolling thunder’ could be seen and heard throughout the weekend, from the Northway to the local roads. There was no escaping it – we even had bikers showing up to take the set tour!
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Doug Drexler, James Cawley, Daren Dochterman, William Shatner, Denise and Michael Okuda
Speaking of which, our main guides for the event were top members of the “Star Trek” art team – Doug Drexler, Daren Dochterman, and Mike and Denise Okuda. They did their usual superb job until Shatner’s evening arrival. Bill soon went straight to work, inviting everyone, fans and staff alike, onto the Bridge for a free photo op with ‘THE Captain’ in ‘THE Chair!’ I was even able to ask Mr. Shatner about what it was about Ticonderoga and the Set Tour that kept him coming back. He said that he was very comfortable with us, and that he knew that both he and his fans would be well looked after and have a great time. Over his two days, Mr. Shatner lead his usual ‘Inspection Tours,’ held Q&A sessions on the Bridge, did photo ops, signed autographs, performed his live stage show at the local high school, AND he even threw another night-time beer and pizza party, this time at the local Elks Club. Bill would come away saying that he was very impressed with the professionalism of the Tour’s volunteer staff during his stay. We thank you for that, Mr. Shatner, and we are already looking forward to having you back with us once again.
However…Bill did hint that next time, he wants to do a barbecue…and karaoke!
Somehow, the thought of sitting in the Elks Club, listening to Bill Shatner warble his rendition of ‘Rocketman’…
Well, the mind does boggle…a little… 😀