"May the great bird of the galaxy bless your [marriage]."

George Takei is an actor.  Having begun this career in 1955, I imagine he's best known for portraying Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek (the original series, the animated series, films 1–6, Voyager, and many of the Trek video games).  I also remember him fondly from The Simpsons, Space Cases, and Heroes.  He's a great actor.

George Takei is a victim of Japanese-American internment during World War II.  During his time at Tule Lake War Relocation Center, his aunt and cousin were killed by the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  Mr. Takei has often spoken about this black stain on US history, comparing recent attempts to ban all Muslims from immigrating to the US.

George Takei at the 2014 Seattle Pride Parade (© 2014, Nate Gowdy Photography)

George Takei is a gay man.  He's a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project".  In 2008, Takei and his partner were the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license in West Hollywood.  He's released numerous public service announcements condemning public figures for bigoted hate towards homosexuals.  In 2014, Takei raised US$100,000 for a web series about an adult Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Eagle Scout who was forced to leave due to the BSA's anti-gay adult policy.

I could go on.

I met Mr. Takei on the morning of 16 January 2018.  I was one of a couple-hundred nerds in line to meet him, and by the time I was near, it was apparent that he (at almost 81-years-old) was flagging.  I decided not to usurp more time than I needed for his autograph, and to tell him something important.  Tell him what, exactly, I didn't realize until I was a few feet away.  After he wonderfully gave me his autograph, I said,

Mr. Takei?  On behalf of my good friend, [isasauce]: ‘Thank you very much, sir.’
Well, on behalf of me, he’s very welcome.
— George Takei

I then smiled at him, and he turned to the next nervous, sweaty nerd in line.
My good buddy, isasauce, is now engaged to his absolutely wonderful boyfriend.

(If you're so inclined, a photo of my autograph—as well as 98.41% of all my Star Trek-cruise photos—can be found here.)

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