StarTalk, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new science/talk show premiers on Nat Geo this coming Monday, April 20, 2015. The theme of the first episode is, naturally and obviously, Star Trek. In this clip George Takei tells Neil deGrasse Tyson about his experience interviewing for his part on the legendary original series.
Takei mentions reading for Roddenberry, who mispronounced his last name as “Ta-Kai” upon meeting him. Takei (pronounced “Ta-Kay”) quickly made light of the situation — “I don’t object to ‘kai,’ because that’s a Japanese word that means expensive.” Takei also points out the cultural importance of Star Trek: “He [Roddenberry] felt that TV, certainly needs to entertain, but it also needs to inform and inspire.”
Check out the clip. It’s always fun to learn nerdy Star Trek history.