Wednesday, July 20, 2005
beam me up scotty
James Doohan, the infamous Scotty of original Star Trek fame, died July 20, 2005 at the age of 85.
I actually met him at a trekkie convention in Valley Forge PA some 13 or so years ago. Yeah, I'm a trekkie and I like D and D. I'm mostly a geek - happy?? O.K. - so - the man [Scotty] was as drunk as a skunk. He had an old fashion glass filled with ice and, from the smell, scotch. As long as I watied in line for his autograph, that glass never emptied though he kept gulping from it. When he got down to just a backwash amount left, someone was there with more ice and more booze. At first I felt let down. Then I saw what he had to endure. So I guess it was either scotch or crack. Glad he chose the former and not the pipe. He was very personable and I got his autograph on a trek t-shirt.
Don't have the shirt anymore. Lord knows what happened to it. But I do have a pretty cool memory of meeting the Starship Enterprise's chief engineer..
Good bye Mr Scott. You lived long and did indeed prosper.
Ref.: Star Trek's Doohan Dies