In the end, what I found most gratifying about the evening was the chance to stand up and applaud. I was, of course, one person in a huge room of standing, applauding people. Mr. Shatner didn't see me as anything more than a face in a massive crowd. However, on a personal level, it was shockingly affecting to be able to say thank you in this way. I mean, this is a guy who had a profound effect on my life, a guy who (as Captain Kirk) helped me define what it actually meant to be a man, what it meant to stand up for for what's right and stand up to what's wrong.
How often do you get the opportunity to actually thank your childhood hero?