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Scotty Gets Beamed Up for the Last Time

Courtesy of streamweaver:

James Doohan Dead at 85

I am so sad to hear this, though I'm sure it's a mercy, given that he was suffering with Alzheimer's. I remember the last time he came to Dragon*Con, and he announced that it was indeed his final visit. He kind of made it clear he was saying goodbye, and while I never hung out much with the Trekkies, it was clear how sad many of them were, and how touched by his desire to connect with the fans one last time. He seemed like a kindly fellow.

He will be missed.


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Jul. 20th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)

That is so truly sad :(
I had no idea he was so old. I am glad he has relief from the Alzheimers too.... but he will be missed. He was my favorite Star Trekker
Jul. 20th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
I was never a huge Trekkie, but I always loved the character of Scotty. He was my personal favorite. While I've never got the honor of meeting the man in person, I also found him the least bothered by the stigma of Star Trek (unlike Nimoy's "I Am Not Spock" or Shatner's SNL "Get a life" sketch) and seemed to be a genuninely warm individual. Whether or not that impression is true, his death is a great lose for science fiction.
Jul. 20th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
He just really struck me as a genuinely nice fellow. He thanked the fans for all the kindness they'd shown him, and good memories, and got choked up while he was doing it . . . heck, I got teary-eyed, and I've probably seen maybe 12 or 14 episodes of the original series, max, so I can imagine how broken up the Trek community must be. He just seemed so non-Hollywood and real. He seemed grateful for what life had given him: a permanent place in television history, his children, and the love of the fans.
Jul. 21st, 2005 05:41 pm (UTC)
he will definitely be missed. i heard him talk a few times at a sci fi con years ago - he was neat, although a bit cranky - although, after having to work with shatner, who can blame him! (i think shatner has mellowed with age and is good at making fun of himself - he was such an ego hog in star trek, though, okay, so shatner was always an ego hog...)

i loved scotty's accent - and, the "i know this ship like the back of my hand, oof..." he deserved much more credit than he received in later years.... bless him

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