Thursday, July 21, 2005


017: SCOTTY - REST IN PEACE

I'd be remiss in my duty as a trekker if I didnt pay tribute to James Doohan who died yesterday, aged 85. Doohan played Scotty for the complete run of the original series, and appeared in the first seven big screen movies.

He first appeared in the Star Trek episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in 1966
Last appeared in "Star Trek Generations" in 1994

Everytime one of the Star Trek cast dies, I guess I really feel it.

In a way these guys have been with me since I was a kid. I remember being six or seven, thinking that these people were all real actors and that I would most likely outlive them all by several decades. Even for a 7 year old, it was a sobering thought. Almost like imagining the death of your parents.

Scotty was always my favourite. The friendly, jovial scottish engineer could fix anything. I always resented Captain Kirk so much for not bringing Scotty on more away missions.

A man of many talents, Doohan also provided many voices for the camp animated version of the original series. At once personable and humbe, Doohan remained a fan favourite on the convention circuit, before bidding them farewell last year due to ill health.

He even made a moving appearance on one of the special features for new Star Trek DVDs.

So here's to you Scotty, I'll miss you like an old schoolyard friend.
All of us are grateful for your contribution to the Star Trek universe.

And even if in ten years, in twenty years, people dont remember your name

I still will.


the end.

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