Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Special Coverage: First Toupee in Space


 We will have special coverage of the historic first ever flight of a toupee into space. Stay tuned, and for now: Godspeed! 


UPDATE: They made it! The capsule detached (from the lower stages), and the toupee stayed put. There will be a wealth of scientific data to analyze in the days ahead. But for now, history has been made. Bill Shatner has become the first person ever to fly a toupee into space. Congratulations! 

UPDATE II (let the verbal puns begin!): Despite tremendous stresses and g-forces, the parachute and capsule remained firmly attached to each other at all times during the final stage of reentry. Remarkable technologies have ensured that the risk of a separation is all but impossible.


38 comments:

  1. I wish he'd bring all different styles from the past 60 years and put them all on for old times' sake.

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  2. That looks like an Edward Katz Special he's sporting there for the big day. I hope it's had some good maintenance in advance.

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  3. This is surely the biggest test any toupee has ever had to face.

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  4. He wore a baseball cap to help pat it down! Top toupee-tethering against the G-force.

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  5. Farewell to the Denny Katz! Bill has a new toup these days.. quite reminiscent of the Kirk like pieces
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-9415329/Star-Trek-alum-William-Shatner-celebrates-90th-birthday-hair-replacement-center-Encino.html

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  6. I wear a wig myself, so I was fanscinated with Shatner's new grey piece. Love it.

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  7. Shatner says Prince William misses the point of space tourism: "The point is to create a business where toupees are sent into space so they can relax in zero-G and return to Earth ready to resume their duties for their owners, making them look better than ever" said Shatner, who was busy touting his latest album entitled "Bill".

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  8. that is brilliant!

    and as an aside I want to say shattoupblog: you need to come back; the same way the siren song of the enterprise lured James Kirk back into her captaincy, so must you return to manning this wonderful blog. It's your first best destiny.

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  9. Podcast toupee anecdote by Paramount publicist/Trek screenwriter Fred Bronson (17:30 mark of S3 E6 of Trek Files podcast):

    https://thetrekfiles.libsyn.com/3-6-the-counter-clock-incident-revised-draft-july-31-1974

    Shatner's "makeup secret" is accidentally discovered during TOS!

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  10. What's with comment block on your ridiculous claim of the CBC and BBC being fair news sources? They are propaganda machines. You obviously don't live in Canada. Shatner was right when he said "What about the bbc and the cbc?" I like your blog but I can't believe you would support these 'News sources.' CBC has practically ruined Canada, along with all the 'Paid for by the liberals' legacy news sources that support propaganda.

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  11. Congratulations the blog gets a mention in this news article
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11120215/William-Shatner-seen-leaving-hair-transplant-clinic-LA.html

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    1. yes I came here to say that too! Great mention.

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  12. White Comanche is now on Youtube. Lots of new stuff for analysis https://youtu.be/grT8hH0DQBE

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  13. Anyone else here congratulate William Katz for the first toupee in space?

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    1. @MJ, the LA Times featured Ed Katz in a profile on wigs…and outed Shat in the process!!!

      https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2013-may-12-la-ig-thin-hair-20130512-story.html

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    1. The greatest american hero guy? ;-)

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  15. Ratty Lost Years PieceMay 3, 2023 at 5:19 AM

    Stopped by to pay Mr. Shatner a Happy 92nd Birthday greeting and submit this recent photo for toupological analysis. Lots at work here and a good in-the-wild shot of Bill’s latest, a DK-inspired “toupee all the way down,” courtesy of his new purveyor Denise Johnson Originals.
    Note the lifting sides, similar to the Tek War cover; and a prominent Toupee Tan Line at the left temple.
    Despite a rough transition area at the edges, Bill keeps it light and it looks good!
    https://www.space.com/william-shatner-stars-on-mars-tv-show

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  16. Toupee up for auction this weekend as part of the Greg Jein collection:
    https://trekmovie.com/2023/10/10/captain-kirks-hairpiece-and-much-more-iconic-star-trek-memorabilia-up-for-auction-this-weekend/

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    1. That is the holy grail!!

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    2. Can’t believe it - The JKL up for auction! Posting the lot description in case it gets deleted:
      William Shatner "Captain Kirk" Lace Hairpiece from Star Trek: The Original Series (Paramount TV, 1966-1969). Vintage original blond/brown human hair, hand-knotted, lace-front wig worn by William Shatner as "Captain James T. Kirk". The wig features all the hallmarks of the most famous Starship captain, from the side part to the front curl. A truly unique collectible from this iconic series. Accompanied by its vintage and original storage form and 9" x 7.5" x 3" Max Factor box. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions. From the Collection of Greg Jein.

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  17. Ratty Lost Years PieceOctober 16, 2023 at 12:47 AM

    Old-school toupologists may recall that ShatToup covered a similar post from Heritage Auctions during the peak output years of this blog:
    https://shatnerstoupee.blogspot.com/2010/07/tell-me-why-i-bid-on-shatners-old.html

    This new listing does not look as fake as the prior, though no rear-facing shots are posted. @ShatToup, would you come back from your own Lost Years to weigh in?

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    1. The max factor box tells me it is at least correct to the time as well as they were the leading manufacturers of screen worn hair appliances at the time in Hollywood

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    2. Ratty Lost Years PieceOctober 20, 2023 at 7:19 AM

      The Max Factor branding is period-correct, but it’s hard to believe an authentic JKL from the ‘60’s would be in such good condition.
      Also, if I remember correctly, Bob Justman noted the TOS toups had a tendency to go missing after filming wrapped. Still, like Mulder, “I want to believe!”

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    3. you guys are pathetic

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    4. If I had the money to buy it, I would want to see the storage form to see if it had all the right info on it regarding being Star Trek make up department, and for William Shatner etc...

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    5. you might try some DNA testing too...

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    6. Ratty Lost Years PieceNovember 15, 2023 at 3:15 AM

      @Baldy B, More evidence suggesting that toup is legit: in a new (toupless) interview, Walter Koenig mentions shopping for Chekov wigs at Factor. If his piece was sourced there, the JKL may have been, too.

      The interview covers other trek topics and also shows what a class act Koenig is. He won’t be baited into the interviewer’s attempts to slander the Shat.

      https://trekmovie.com/2023/11/13/interview-walter-koenig-on-joining-star-trek-shatners-acting-and-chekovs-best-scene-cut-from-generations/

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  18. If Shatner were a politician, he'd be Mike Rogers from Alabama. No doubt about it.

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    1. Here is a pic of the toupee wearing freak Mike Rogers. Compare and contrast with The Shat.
      https://thehill.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/06/rogersmike_062519gn4_lead.jpg?w=960&h=540&crop=1

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  19. His inspiration was obviously William Shatner. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/former-ohio-congressman-jim-traficant-dies-73-after-injuries-farm-n213136

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  20. I have some first hand (first scalp?) knowledge that I will share with you. Several years ago, as a college graduation gift for my son, I got us two tickets to a convention in Pittsburgh. I parted with extra spinach and got us a photo op with The Shat himself! I have been a fan of this site for a long time, and have had extensive hair transplants myself.
    Long story short, under the guise of getting myself into position for the photo (under bright lights, I might add), I bent over for a second and was within four inches of The Shat’s scalp. My verdict?

    That ain’t a toupee.

    I saw not the slightest evidence of a hairline or a base, and I know what to look for. He has had hair transplants, and a damn good job of them. I saw a scalp with hair growing out of it.
    Perhaps for filming, he has worn a toup, but I know what I saw, and it was real hair. If it isn’t, Ed Katz deserves a Nobel Prize for hair replacement.
    Because of Covid, I may be the last member of humanity to ever get this close to The Shat’s noggin again.
    Please use this knowledge for good and not evil.

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  21. You saw one of Shatner's many body doubles. Some of them have hair plugs and some of them have toupees. The real William Shatner hasn't been seen in decades.

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    1. Well, I was wearing a red shirt when I stood next to him and I lived, so perhaps he WAS a body double, as we know what happens to anyone wearing a red shirt (who is not a principal cast member) who is in proximity to The Shat. But his speaking voice sounded like Captain Kirk as well.
      In all seriousness, I think those are very good transplants. And no one uses plugs any more, they haven’t for years.
      BTW, the three worst hair transplants I ever saw were on 1) a guy who worked in a convenience store near me, scar tissue (with no hair growing) looked like a toothbrush or shotgun blast, 2) a plastic surgeon (!) with wispy red hair, looked like a barbie doll, and 3) guitar player Roy Clark.

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  22. Did you hear Shatner on WTF podcast over the past summer? Bald or not, he said some really profound stuff.

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