Thursday, July 21, 2005
James Doohan, Star Trek's Scotty, is dead.
My #1 favorite on the show, he went out well -- I should go out so well.
Last year he was honored by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, at a "Farewell weekend" final public appearance.
Before that he was class too.
The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion... he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case. [AP]So you can't say cigarettes were never good for anybody.
And if that's not being a manly enough man, he was married to a woman 37 years younger than him and had his last child at the age of 80.