Actor visits Topeka’s Truckhenge

By Luke Ranker

Flying down the highway on the back of a motorcycle makes William Shatner nervous.

“It’s like every 20 yards, ‘God, I could have hit that thing,’ ” the 84-year-old actor said.

The “Star Trek” icon climbed off his black Harley-Davidson trike at the Lessman Farm & Truckhenge on Thursday, and a gaggle of fans met him immediately. The June sun was hot, and Shatner just wanted to sit down.

“Let’s go to the shade, and we can talk,” he said. “It’s scorching hot on that bike.”

Shatner stopped at the farm, 4124 N.E. Brier Road, while on a motorcycle ride to help raise awareness of American Legion programs and to raise money for the Legion’s Legacy Scholarship, which helps cover college expenses for children of veterans who lost their lives while on duty.

Speaking to Truckhenge owners Ron and Linda Lessman and a crowd of almost 100, Shatner said he had been through northeast Kansas in a car several years ago, but riding on the back of a powerful Harley-Davidson trike made him a lot more aware of dangers on the road.

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