When Randy Pausch listed his childhood dreams in front of a packed auditorium on September 18, 2007, being Captain Kirk was among them.
After giving his now-famous “Last Lecture,” which inspired millions world-wide to achieve their own childhood dreams, Randy received an email from JJ Abrams – director of the new Star Trek movie – inviting him to appear in the film.
A life-long Trekker, Randy and his wife flew to LA, where a custom-made Star Trek uniform, his own station on the bridge, and a line of dialogue were waiting.
He may not have been Captain Kirk, but he was acting alongside him. His wife, Jai even told USA Today that he was so excited he allowed them to put gel in his hair for the movie – something he wouldn’t even allow at their wedding.
After filming, Randy wrote in is blog, “Don’t blink or you’ll miss me, but at some point a guy walked across the bridge and says ‘Captain, we have a visual!’” Star Trek will be in theaters May 8.
Photo: An uplifting note Randy received in 2007 says “To Randy -- I don’t believe in the no-win scenario -- My best, Bill Shatner.”