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The Encyclopedia Shatnerica Paperback – November 1, 1998
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Robert Shnakenberg is a professional researcher and pop culture writer. He is a former assistant editor for Library and Information Services at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. He has worked on such projects as The Grolier Library of International Biographies and the CD-ROM version of Microsoft's Cinemania. He resides in New York City.
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Also discussed are Shatner's legendary quirks, foibles, and just plain weird behavior that have become legend. More than a few great anecdotes from his fellow thespians are included as well, all broken down into a collection of brief, yet surprisingly informative passages. From the Trekkie Nation on down to those 'PriceLine' mavens, there's a little something for everybody in this paperback!
I'd still have to say the author still accomplished his goal. He showed the audience that Shatner has none of the heroic qualities of a Captain Kirk.
Many (if not most) items are obviously untrue (starting on the first page) and contradictory from entry to entry; easily verifiable descriptions of on-screen scenes and events are wrong; basic trivia questions are answered incorrectly ("Jeffery Hunter was . . . the original Captain Kirk"?!); and the idiotic assertion that "Demanded by Shatner, an airbrush technique helped make his rump look narrower" in Star Trek VI will at least bring a giggle to anyone familiar with film techniques.
What could have been a cute idea is ruined by the total incompetence and mean-spiritedness of the author, who takes shots at most of the other people he mentions, too. From the final entry: "Zmed, Adrian . . . is included here only because his name begins with the letter "z."." Ha ha, funny stuff . .
So what is good about this book? Pretty much nothing, although it does have some cool rare photos. Other than that, skip this one and the dreadful "Captain Quirk."