glabrous1 (glabrous1) wrote in belles_place,

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James Doohan, R.I.P.

James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday at the age of 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

.. I first hear "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me".. then him congratulating a very dusty bottle of very old Scotch on helping him drink the alien du jour under the table, "we did it, you and me.." and promptly passes out.

Few know what an expert in dialects/accents the wily Canuck was... I think he was trapped as Scotty more than Nimoy as Spock; your mileage may vary, of course.

I met Doohan in my last assignment for the Niagara Gazette before schlepping out West to The Evergreen State College; OMSI had a nationwide exhibit tour of Trek, it opened in Buffalo with Doohan. Even with a drink in each mitt, he was ever a pro and a gent.

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