George Takei

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My weekend/YouTube clip

So, my Friday/Saturday was pretty boring.

Friday night was absolutely awful at work. We had like 2 checkouts open from 8pm (we trade until 10pm) and the queues were so long. I was just standing there like a lemon being looked at, people expecting me to do something. Unfortunately there was nobody left in the entire store who was checkout trained. So embarrassing.

George Takei Interview

By Jeff Walsh

One of the breakout shows on television is Heroes, which tells the story of a group of people who discover they have special powers and a role in saving mankind.

One of the storylines involves Hiro Nakamura, played brilliantly by Masi Oka (who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance), a Tokyo programmer that can manipulate the time-space continuum. On the episode airing on NBC this week, the character's father will enter the series, played by Star Trek's Sulu, George Takei.

And he has personal experience as a hero. Takei came out as gay in 2005, in response to a gay marriage bill in California, revealing to the press that he was gay and has been in a relationship for what is now going on 20 years.

This weekend, I got the chance to chat with George from his home in southern California by phone. While I'm not the biggest Star Trek fan, I've certainly seen nearly every Star Trek episode and movie at this point. But, still, as soon as he answered the phone, his unique voice was unmistakable. We had a relaxed, fun chat with a lot of laughs that also touched on a lot of topics, such as his being held in an American interment camp as a Japanese American during World War II, his role on The Howard Stern Show with his signature "Oh my!" tagline, the fight for GLBT equality, and the correct pronunciation of his last name (after I screwed it up). But, our conversation started off discussing Heroes and his latest role.

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