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William Shatner autographs phohimself as CaptaKirk from original 'Star Trek.'

William Shatner autographs a photo of himself as Captain Kirk from the original "Star Trek."

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Updated: September 12, 2012 6:04AM

It’s Kirk out — of town, that is. William Shatner is in town for an appearance Saturday at Chicago Wizard World Comic Con in Rosemont.

What’s the oddest Trek question he has ever been asked at one of these events? “It ranges from questions including, ‘What did it mean when you said “hello” in episode 7 of “Star Trek” ’ to ‘Can you tell us the meaning of life?’ ”

And the answers? “I don’t know what I meant when I said hello, and the meaning of life is up for grabs, but it allows for some entertaining talks.”

Shatner just shot a documentary called “Get a Life,” out this fall, which looks at these fan conventions. “The fans are there for many reasons. They’re looking for answers. They’re looking for heroes and meaning. They’re also looking for each other and this community where they belong.”

At 81, Shatner isn’t allowing age to slow him down. His secrets are simple. “Vitamin C and a lot of love,” he says. “I’m not sure which is most important.”

He gets his workouts just walking through airports to these conventions. Fans could be lurking everywhere.

“I do walk without making eye contact and my hat jammed low,” he admits. “It’s good cardio. Being a celebrity in an airport will keep you young.

“You have to keep an upright posture. You can’t slump. All your senses are alert to imminent danger. Your sense of smell is even heightened. Sometimes you even take air through your mouth like an animal to taste if there is danger in the air,” he says.

“You avoid the hiss in your head and hear only the deadfall of steps behind you while your tactile sense are at high alert. You react left. You react right. You’re an animal on the prowl.”

He’s writing a new TV series pilot and working on his documentary, among a slew of upcoming projects including a one-man show and a podcast. “I look and feel young for a reason,” he says. “It’s probably DNA and an overwhelming desire not to allow anybody to pass me by. I never want to say, ‘I could have done it, seen it or experienced it.’

“That’s why I move in 17 directions at the same time.”

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