Every child wanted; Every mother willing

“While still in high school I got my first real job in the theater - as a stage manager. I was fifteen years old and had absolutely no experience. Looking back, I suspect I got the job because I was young and good-looking and oh so terribly naive. A well-known French male singer was starring in a play at the Orpheum Theatre […] The actor was tall and good-looking and […] he asked me if I wanted to join him for dinner.

Well, I thought, I must be a great stage manager. The star of the show has asked me to have dinner with him. Naturally, I accepted his invitation. As we left the theater that night, he asked me if I had a jacket with me. “No, ” I admitted.

“That’s fine”, he said casually. “I’ve got a jacket that’ll fit you in my hotel room “.

Welcome to show business, Shatner. The strongest memory I have of that night is being chased around the bed. Football season had recently ended so I was in good shape and strong. Incredibly, I didn’t even know what he wanted. I was unaware of homosexuality. I didn’t know that men could be attracted to other men. It was not something spoken about in middle-class Jewish homes.

WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT CHANGED MY ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I UNDERSTOOD THE ANGER AND FRUSTRATION THAT A WOMAN FEELS WHEN SHE SAYS NO, AND MEANS NO, AND THE MAN BELIEVES SHE IS SAYING YES”.

— William Shatner, pg. 15-16 of Up Till Now

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