Friday, October 16, 2009
The environmental toupee.
Long before the problems of global warming were being seriously tackled by this planet's governments, Bill Shatner was subtly lobbying for climate change to recognized as a serious problem. A crucial example of this is Shats' 1978 demonstration of an energy-saving "hybrid toupee". The toupee he wears in his appearance on The Mike Douglas Show is a rare outlier, which combines the traits of both the "Jim Kirk" lace as well as the prevailing Shatner style of the time, the "T.J. weave".
Not only did it get twice as much toupage to the gallon of hair, but it also reduced Bill Shatner's heating bills by providing increased insulation. Al Gore would have been very proud!
The full episode can be watched at this website - you have to sign up to find the clip.