How to have dinner with George Takei for $6, and why you should

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Like most Americans, I follow George Takei, the man I once knew as Star Trek's Leutenant Sulu, on social media. I started following because of the many fond hours I spent with him at the helm of the USS Enterprise when I was a kid. I've kept following him because he has a wicked sense of humor and posts incredibly funny items on his Facebook, Google+, and twitter feeds. His posts are gems. He is a funny and charming guy. His posts feature clever word play on Star Trek, Star Wars, unfortunately misspelled  signs and goofy animals photos over improbable captions. They make me laugh and sometimes think -- with just the right amount of each.

I've yet to meet George Takei, but I have just finished his latest book, Oh Myyy!, How was it? I feel like I've just had a lovely dinner with George Takei and I enjoyed every bit of it. Oh Myyy! is a breezy 246 pages where the author talks about the title, his life, and his adventures with Twitter and Facebook. Just in case you haven't been watching, George Takei has 6 over million followers on Facebook and another million on Twitter. When he talks, Facebook listens and when he talks about Facebook, he should certainly be worth listening to. He comes across as a caring guy who would be a lot of fun to engage in conversation. He cracks jokes, tells you what's important to him, and talks about how he balances his goals against the expectations of the tribe that has built around him. My guess is that reading this book might actually be better than actually having dinner with George. The book contains more conversation than you could fit into any one evening, you can go back over the most interesting parts more easily and he has already anticipated the best questions you might ask of him and he has answered them personally and succinctly. Like I said, it was lovely.

ps: The Kindle edition of Oh Myyy! is about $6.

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.