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Kirk on your answerphone

15/07/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Here comes a competition to win the chance to get William Shatner to record a personalised answerphone message for your phone.

William Shatner is arguably the owner of the most recognizable voice in Hollywood. His slightly off-tempo cadence has captivated a generation of Star Trek fans and taken home two Emmys, and now this famous voice is going to record one fan's answering machine.

The William Shatner DVD Club and have announced that they are holding a contest and that the winner will have the answering machine message of his choice personally recorded by William Shatner.

Whoever wins this contest is going to have an interesting time deciding what message they would like recorded on their machine. After all, even the simplest of messages would be noteworthy once it was "Shatner-ized" with a series of unusual pauses and emphases. Some fans might prefer a famous quote from Star Trek, personalized for their household or even a more recent quote from Boston Legal. Other fans might opt for a message identifying the speaker: "This is William Shatner, and you've reached the Burns residence." There are a lot of interesting choices, but the winner needs to be careful - pick something too interesting and the winner may suddenly need a new, unlisted number.

The contest is sponsored by and the William Shatner DVD Club.

This isn't the first time that William Shatner has been at the center of a quirky news event. Earlier this year, William Shatner and late night host Jimmy Kimmel designated Bill's recently passed kidney stone, "the ULTIMATE Star Trek Collectible." After a period of frenetic rumors about disputes with doctors over possession of this "collectible" and several false eBay sightings, William Shatner sold the kidney stone to for $25,000, which he donated to charity. Shatner has also recently serenaded George Lucas (at the AFI Lifetime achievement awards) and annually holds a Charity Horse Show in Burbank, California.

The contest is free, and anyone can enter at

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