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He's been beamed up by intrepid on 20 July 2005 8:59pm
Yes, Scotty from Star Trek, Mr. James Doohan, now belongs to the ages. Get ready for the word "beam" to saturate the mass media in the next two days. I've done my part.
Here's a little more I just found out: He wasn't Scottish, but I think we all assumed that. He was born in Vancouver in 1920 -hard to believe, I know- and he was a captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment and landed on Juno beach on D-Day, where he lost the middle finger on his right hand. (Probably William Shatner was wondering why he was always giving him "the pinkie") He was also a pilot, I gather.
For more information,you can read his autobiography, if you can guess what the title is.
Sadly, I know a heck of a lot more about him than I do about Edward Heath, the 9th Python.
Re: He's been beamed up by Dr. Piglet on 20 July 2005 10:31pm
a great canadian has been gathered hence.

here's a pint of alexander keith's for ya, jimmie!

Re: He's been beamed up by Ken Dunn on 20 July 2005 11:29pm
He certainly did a very good Scots accent for being born in Vancouver. Perhaps it was his ancestry and good acting that gave him that talent. I may have a pint of McEwans 80/- to celebrate his life and Star Trek preformances.
Update 22 July.
In the Star Trek scripts he was born the the West Lothian town of Linlithgow, about 25 miles West of Edinburgh. The local councillors are considering a plaque for the town in his honour.
Re: He's been beamed up by canaveralgumby on 21 July 2005 2:31am
I spontaneously stood and put my hand on my heart when I heard it today. Says on Yahoo that his remains will be launched into space. RIP.
Re: He's been beamed up by perfectbitch on 21 July 2005 9:18am
Goodbye, "Scotty". Thank you James, for making my miserable adolescence bearable. Scotty may not have been able to "change the laws of physics" but he came pretty close!!! Love from an unashamed fan.
Re: He's been beamed up by Wild in Africa on 21 July 2005 6:01pm
Just like those of us of a certain age believe the only real James Bond was Sean Connery, the same goes for the original Star Trek which corny as the acting was, transparently flimsy as the sets and shallow as the plots, we still loved it and all who sailed in it. So goodbye Scotty and don't go changing any laws of physics now you are on the astral plane, except for the one that allows Bill Shatner to go on making dreadful breakfast cereal TV ads!
Re: He's been beamed up by Spursfan on 21 July 2005 8:47pm
I agree that Sean Connery IS James Bond - well he is, isn't he? The others are just playing at it! - but I'm afraid that Next Generation is the Star Trek series of choice for me!

RIP Scotty!

Re: He's been beamed up by George on 21 July 2005 10:06pm
Yup. Scotty's been beamed up. He was 85 and suffering from Alsheimer's. He announced a couple of years ago that he needed to retire from the Trekkie convention circuit due to ill health. Another major character, "Bones" McKoy, the ship's doctor played by Deforest Kelly died several years ago from a bad heart. He used to use to say, "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a mechanic!"

A little known fact is Doohan hated William Shatner who played Captain Kirk, for many years. It seems Shatner was a big friend of the producer Gene Roddenberry. As a result, a lot of Doohan's lines and scenes were cut from the final product in favor of Shatner's. This really pissed off Doohan, to no end. Eventually, Shatner tried to make up with Doohan, but I'm not sure what the outcome was. Obviously, their personal relationship didn't get in the way of the successful Star Trek franchise which included, I believe, 73 TV episodes and 5 movies.

The next Star Trek series, the Next Generation had better production values, but the original was far ahead of its time, not only with its handling of contemporary issues, but in tackling some of the great 'cosmic' questions about the nature of existence, as well. To say the least, it wasn't Buck Rogers. It might have run for many years on TV, but it never found a suitable time slot in the highly competitive world of commericial television.

My favorite episode was when Spock, the epitome of stoicism, infected by some kind of wierd pollen, cried like a baby.
Re: He's been beamed up by canaveralgumby on 22 July 2005 6:35pm
The bio from USA Today/Yahoo! News:

Shortly after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Star Trek star James "Scotty" Doohan made one final public appearance to say goodbye to his legion of Trekkies.

"Nichelle, it's the most wonderful day of my life," he told former castmate Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Aug. 30.

Now it's his fans' turn to say farewell. The beloved actor, best known as chief engineer Montgomery Scott of the starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek TV series and subsequent films, died Wednesday at his home in Redmond, Wash. He was 85.

His wife of 28 years, Wende, was at his side when Doohan died of pneumonia, said longtime agent and friend, Steve Stevens. Doohan will be cremated and his ashes launched into space, Stevens said, which was the actor's wish. A public memorial service is pending.

His colleagues paid their tributes Wednesday. "A long and storied career is over," colleague and fellow Canadian William Shatner (Capt. James T. Kirk) said in a statement. The two actors had a long-running feud before patching things up.

At a Los Angeles meeting of television critics, former Star Trek: The Next Generation star Brent Spiner called Doohan "a lovely guy. I'm very sad to hear he's passed." Doohan and Spiner appeared together in an episode of TNG. Longtime Star Trek producer Brannon Braga said Doohan "was a very charming man and a wonderful actor."

Born March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, Doohan left home at 19 to escape an alcoholic father and joined the Canadian military, according to his autobiography, Beam Me Up, Scotty.

On June 6, 1944, Doohan led his artillerymen onto the beaches of Normandy on D-Day. He was shot several times: One bullet took off his finger, and another to the chest was deflected by a silver cigarette case. He later became an observation pilot.

After the war, Doohan began acting. He landed a two-year scholarship at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse where his classmates included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Jackie Gleason.

His racked up credits on radio, film, theater and TV, including the 1953 sci-fi series Space Command. But he remains best known as Scotty, the cantankerous, Scottish-accented engineer on Star Trek, which aired from 1966 to 1969 on NBC.

As the ship's "miracle worker," Scotty routinely saved the Enterprise in the final moments, all the while complaining of being unable to change the laws of physics or make the ship go any faster.

In real life, Doohan was just as colorful. His first two marriages ended in divorce. He had seven children; the youngest was born when Doohan was 80. Doohan often said he never tired of fans yelling "Beam me up, Scotty" - even though the famous catchphrase was never actually delivered on the television series.
Re: He's been beamed up by Diamond on 23 July 2005 2:45pm
special people never leave this world completely and Scotty was one of them. Bless him.

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