You don’t have to use a communicator to contact Captain Kirk. All you have to do is get yourself to Ticonderoga.
It was the moment Trekkies were waiting in life for as actor William Shatner walked into the Star Trek: Original Series Set Tour. The crowd went wild.
“He’s a legend,” Doug Rock, of Hudson Falls, said.
And the legend took the captain’s chair 50 years after first taking command of The Enterprise.
“It’s brilliant,” he said. “Absolutely incredible work of art. Completely authentic replica. They’ve done extraordinary work. I don’t know how they did it.”
And it certainly brought back a lot of memories for the 87-year-old actor.
“This set is exactly the way it was,” he reminisced. “It’s like coming back to a house that you might have been born in and go, ‘Wow, that’s bigger and smaller than I remember.’”
On Friday, it was a place for fans to meet their childhood hero.
“I’ve been watching it since the first run,” Rock said. “I’m that old.”
Rock even brought his son to share the moment.
“Now to meet the man – Captain Kirk – it’s just a wonderful experience.”
While he signed autographs, Shatner took in his old quarters, but it was back on the Bridge where he was in his element.
And it wasn’t just for folks from the Capital Region. People from all over the country, and as far as England, came dressed in their Star Fleet uniforms hoping to convey how much Captain Kirk meant to them.
All while learning how the Captain himself felt while sitting in that iconic chair.
“If you let your imagination go, and say, press this button, terrible things are going to happen.”
The fun will continue on Saturday. Shatner will still be in Ticonderoga signing autographs.
Tickets are still available. You can find them here.