The dark moment of the soul came in a Hooters in Pasadena. Mr. Wheaton wandered in one day in June 2000 with a buddy for lunch, and the waitress - her name tag, he swears, read "Destiny" - asked, "Didn't you used to be an actor?"Link to NYT story. Previously: Wil Wheaton to appear on CSI
He responded at high volume. "Used to be?!" he shouted. "I still am!" The resulting funk lasted for weeks, and he emerged with a determination to let people know that there was more to Wil Wheaton than "Star Trek," that it wasn't a mistake to quit the show, that he is not just a former child star, and that life - his life - goes on.
Thus was born wilwheaton.net, a site that celebrates his current roles: husband, stepfather to two boys, member of a comedy troupe, technophile, writer and, yes, honest, still an actor.
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.