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"Not inclined to endure long lines either for high-profile panels or for the chance to buy stuff, I spent about 15 minutes on the show floor, clinging to the perimeter, before taking my bulging eyeballs right out of there. I did not dive. I waded.
And the first thing I learned — confirmed for myself, really — is that Comic-Con is much, much less weird than a lot of people who don’t attend it make it out to be.”
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Flying on Air Force One is kind of like flying first class (something I’ve been lucky enough to do twice thanks to accidental airline upgrades). There are real glasses and real silverware. And in the press area, when you board there are baskets of candy/snacks and fruit to munch on.
The news organizations do pay for our seats on Air Force One, so these perks aren’t free. And they aren’t even really for us. The journalists are there to cover the leader of the free world, stay connected to the seat of power in these difficult times (you never know when news might break out) or simply to document it if the president stumbles on the steps.
Perhaps the best part, no one scolds you about wearing your seatbelt or forces you to turn off your laptop for takeoff and landing.
International travel has never looked so appetizing.
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Vroom, vroom, y’all.
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George Takei became famous for his role in Star Trek as Mr. Sulu, but in the last decade, he’s drawn followers who admire him because of who he is—not just who he has played. The new documentary about his life is called To Be Takei.
He joins Fresh Air to talk about growing up in a Japanese internment camp, avoiding stereotypical roles, and coming out as gay at 68.
Here he explains why he was closeted for most of his life:
The thing that affected me in the early part of my career was … there was a very popular box office movie star — blonde, good-looking, good actor — named Tab Hunter. He was in almost every other movie that came out. He was stunningly good-looking and all-American in looks. And then one of the scandals sheets of that time — sort of like The Inquirertoday — exposed him as gay. And suddenly and abruptly, his career came to a stop.
That was, to me, chilling and stunning. I was a young no-name actor, aspiring to build this career — and I knew that [if] it were known that I was gay, then there would be no point to my pursuing that career. I desperately and passionately wanted a career as an actor, so I chose to be in the closet. I lived a double life. And that means you always have your guard up. And it’s a very, very difficult and challenging way to live a life.
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