It has been clear for at least 60 years that William Shatner knows no equal.
From his appearances as the brooding, sexual Captain Kirk to his elder, defiant, but still broodingly sexual presence as Denny Crane in "Boston Legal," he has oozed an individuality and integrity that politicians can only crave.
So when he declared that he would take his 1 millionth Twitter follower to dinner, it seemed entirely plausible that he would.
It may not be that Troy Pound is a true Trekkie (just how long did it take him to follow Shatner?), but he is definitely a techie. Well, at least he says he is on his Twitter feed.
When Shatner was in Charlotte, N.C., for his one-man show, "Shatner's World," his after-show date was Pound and his wife.
The great artist himself posted a slightly grainy video to YouTube, in which he simply explained who was his dinner companion and why.
There are surely many pretenders to Shatner's sense of presence. How many, though, would keep their word in such a disarmingly charming manner?