Auction Name: 2021 May 1 - 2 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction - Dallas
Lot Number: 89072
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/7238-89072
William Shatner Signed Essay. Written with a blue ink pen on "William Shatner" letterhead, this is letter is over a half a page in length. Signed "Happy Hanukkah" with Shatner's signature, "Capt. Kirk and Proud Jew."
Here is the full note: "First of all I'd like to say I recently released a Holiday album - I was going to call it 'Dreidel Dreidel' but then I thought better of it. Maybe I should have - maybe.
I was born in the Notre Dame de Grace neighborhood of Montreal Quebec Canada to a Conservative Jewish family - my Paternal Grandfather 'Wolfe Schattner' anglicized his family name to Shatner. All four of my grandparents were immigrants - they came from the Austria-Hungary and Russian Empires - location of present day Ukraine and Lithuania.
Third - during my childhood - the menorah stood somewhere on the mantelpiece - it was silver and black from use no matter how often it was polished - it stood there until used and then it was used with great reverence.
Fourth, my mother standing over the frying pan, pouring in a mixture of potatoes - ground-up potatoes into the sizzling fat - the oil - and frying up potato pancakes. The memory of those potato pancakes with applesauce and the family crowding around eating the pancakes is a memory that is indelible. / Happy Chanukah William Shatner / Capt. Kirk Proud Jew."
Measures 7 ¼" x 10 ¼". In Near Mint Minus condition with a small creasing spot in the upper center portion. COA from Heritage Auctions.