That’s the lead sentence framing the lead question of a brief Q&A in next Sunday’s magazine. One that will likely spark some playful responses in the comments from readers also aged around 78 and up.
Takei’s answer to Question #1 is rousing. Contributor Taffy Brodesser-Akner goes on to reference the Broadway musical in the Takei pipeline for fall, prompting this:
“As a matter of fact, I just came back from the posting of the marquee at the Longacre Theater. I just wish my father could have been there. Takei is his surname, and the play is about an event that affected him so profoundly. He came back to Los Angeles from the camp with nothing — literally penniless — and was living on Skid Row.”
In a New York Times interview published this time last year, Takei also referenced that harrowing post-World War II time:
Back in Los Angeles, the Takei family moved to Skid Row, and his father, who had gone to business college, took a job washing dishes. In school, one of George’s teachers called him “Jap Boy” (George was born in Los Angeles) and refused to call on him in class. He learned to bury his feelings of ostracism, making it easier to hide his sexuality once he realized he was “more interested in Bobby than in Jane.”
[Photo of Takei at 2014 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.com]