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  1. #1 James Doohan has been beamed up. 
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    The Daily Telegraph obituary kept referring to his saying "Ye cannae change the laws of physics!" in Star Trek, which he must have said only once if he said it at all. More importantly, "Beam me up, Scotty" is now part of the language, and in one way James Doohan can guarantee to be commemorated for many years to come.

    Not the healthiest of men, he was suffering from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. On the other hand, at the age of eighty-five, he leaves a five year old daughter!

    A specialist in dialects and accents, he tried a variety of them for his audition until Gene Roddenberry picked the Scottish accent and a legend was born. Scotty's first name, Montgomery is taken from Doohan's middle name. Doohan also improvised a crude Klingon language (also the Vulcan language by some reports) for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979).


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    I saw this on a large screen while at a bar. I could hear what the TV was saying because of the music, but I knew that the only way Access Hollywood would talk about him is if he were dead.

    It's a sad day for Scifi.

    His death reminds me that Shatner, Nemoy, and the others are all old and getting ready to kick the bucket. Legends, they are.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee
    It's a sad day for Scifi.
    Indeed.
    "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams
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    We can still watch him in re-runs and on DVD's so as long as we view him , he won't be gone.
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    He won't be forgotten. Scotty managed to work his way into popular culture. Everyone at work knew who he was, even if they weren't Trek fans. They stood around and talked about him and there were a few jokes thrown around:

    Friend 1: "He was Scottish, right?"
    Friend 2 (Sarcastic): "No. They just call him Scotty because it's his name!"
    Me: "He was Scottish..."
    Friend 1: "I bet he drank a lot."

    Someone even said: "Captain! I canna do it! I can't reach the control panel!" An obvious reference to The Simpsons, but a welcome one.

    Ah yes, we will miss him.
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    I'll repeat a post made elsewhere (sort of. Paraphrased...)

    Make way for Welshy... (Futurama reference.)

    Anyway.
    Scotty's pathological lieing about the extent of damage to the Enterprise (and other vessels) so that he could always seem to be a greater engineer and a miracle worker will be sorely missed.

    I find it somewhat ironic that he is one of the first to die (Bones died a long time ago, right?) but in the Star Trek universe he was one of the last to die. He was frozen in time in that alien habitat built around a captured sun (if I remember right) and tried, unsuccessfully, to pass on his storytelling (lying) ability to LaForge. LaForge, of course, like all the other next generation pansies was far too morally upstanding to ever tell a lie. George Washington would be proud.


    Anyway, somebody at the other place said something about Kirk never actually saying the line, "Beam me up, Scotty" on the show? That it was a fan made phrase? Is this true? I'm not enough of a nerd to know.

    Coffee? What says you?
    (Yes. I've just said you're a bigger nerd than I. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?)


    Anyway.
    I wonder if Shatner will break out his patented overacting skills at the funeral?
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    Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty."

    The fans came up with it, and it kinda caught on. I knew about before I heard about it on NPR, but they mentioned it the other day.
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