Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Introducing the SHATNER AWARD.

On December 20th 1986, William Shatner was the guest host on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. In his opening monologue Mr. Shatner mentions that one of the most interesting aspects of the STAR TREK phenomenon has to be the conventions. The monologue dissolves into a sketch set at the16th Annual STAR TREK Convention being held in a convention room of a local Holiday Inn. The highlight of the sketch is when Mr. Shatner growing tired of the Trekker’s nerdish questions says,

"You know, before I answer any more questions there's something I wanted to say. Having received all your letters over the years, and I've spoken to many of you, and some of you have traveled... y'know... hundreds of miles to be here, I'd just like to say... GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it's just a TV show! I mean, look at you, look at the way you're dressed! You've turned an enjoyable little job, that I did as a lark for a few years, into a colossal waste of time!"

I end my CHILD OF TELEVISION column with a quote. There have been more than a few articles where I have quoted Mr. Shatner in this famous SNL sketch. I use Mr. Shatner's quote whenever I felt that someone needs to be told to, "GET A LIFE!" because "IT'S JUST A TV SHOW". This memorable moment and my quoting there of has inspired me to create The SHATNER AWARD.

The first meeting of the SHATNER AWARD committee was held at the Don Knotts room of the Burbank Holiday Inn, February 1st 2006 at 7:43 P.M.:

The SHATNER AWARD committee was informed that in order to be compliant with Robert's Rules of Order they must use actual dates instead of STAR DATES.

New Business:

The SHATNER AWARD will be given to those individuals or groups who need to be told to, "GET A LIFE!" because "IT'S JUST A TV SHOW". The rules for winning a SHATNER AWARD are as follows:

1) The winners need to have had made their SHATNER worthy comment in a public forum i.e. TV, Radio, Web site, Blog, Podcast etc. Since the SHATNER worthy quote will be printed on the award itself, the SHATNER AWARD committee needs to verify the actual quote with a GOOGLE SEARCH. (Sorry we can't just give SHATNER AWARD to your uptight Aunt Betty or self-righteous brother in-law Phil.)

2) Comments made prior to February 1st 2006 will not be considered. (It will otherwise be a fulltime job giving out retroactive SHATNERs. (My apologies to The Parents Television Council and The American Family Association, but we the committee are sure that there will be many SHATNER worthy comments in your future).

3) There will be no nominees. Those who deserve a SHATNER will receive a SHATNER.

4) To avoid any conflicts of interest, neither Mr. Shatner or any SHATNER AWARD committee member shall be eligible for a SHATNER AWARD, but it is an honor just being considered.

5) SHATNER AWARD winners need not be present to win. (The SHATNER AWARD Committee would actually prefer it that way)

6) The SHATNER AWARD committee is currently entertaining nicknames for the SHATNER AWARD. (So far we have rejected "The Willy", "The SHAT" or "The Captain’s Log", but we are considering "The Kirk", "The CRANE" or "The HOOKER.")

7) The SHATNER AWARD committee promises to give the SHATNER AWARD the respect it deserves. Therefore we will not make comments like, "Last week we SHAT on Pat Robertson". This is beneath us.

8) Unlike other awards, the SHATNER AWARD committee encourages political statements with the understanding that your statement may make you eligible for another SHATNER AWARD (Limit one (1) SHATNER AWARD per statement).

9) SHATNER AWARD winners who engage in conduct unbecoming a SHATNER AWARD winner may win another SHATNER AWARD.

10) Until further notice there will be no SHATNER swag bags (Subject to change).
A motion was made to approve the SHATNER AWARD eligibility rules.

The motion passed by a vote of 13 yes, 03 no and 01 GET A LIFE.

Respectfully submitted

Tony Figueroa,
Committee Chair


Sam said...

After getting an email talling me to check out "The Shatner Awards" without any reason why I should ( Thanks for the warning once again, Tony), I checked it out and thought it was a pretty god idea. I really thought the award would be given to just the bad crap going on in Hollywood, but I guess this works as well. Good luck on it.

Since I'm here by the way, other than the fact that I've left comments here on your blog and your My Space site, you really haven't left any comments on my site, nice or not. I don't know if you have a busy schedule or not, but it would be nice to hear what you have to say about the ramblings I'm done.

Paula S. said...

No nominations taken, eh? Dang, 'cuz I had a few. Lookin' forward to the list of nominees. Great idea & loved the post!

Paula S. said...

No nominations taken, eh? Dang, 'cuz I had a few. Lookin' forward to the list of nominees. Great idea & loved the post!