Gut Rumbles

July 07, 2004

bad news

I hate to hear about this, but I'm also surprised. I thought old "Scotty" died a couple of years ago.


Nope. That was Bones that died a few years back...

Posted by: mhking on July 7, 2004 05:00 PM

That is sad. I remember the series when it first showed on TV. I will never forget Scotty's unabashed love of Scotch, second only to his love for the Enterprise.
May his pain and time in the limbo that is Alzheimer's be short. I , for one, will remember him as the always affable chief engineer.

Posted by: Guy S. on July 7, 2004 05:26 PM

Oh damn that poor man. As if that man hasn't been through enough. It's been sad to watch him go downhill these past few years.

Posted by: Pamala on July 7, 2004 07:18 PM

On the plus side - a lot of fans have good memories of him. Jimmy Doohan would go to a Trek convention even if there were only four people there. He knew that without the show he'd have been a washed-up radio actor a long time ago, and despite his fights with Shatner, he was always grateful for the role of Scotty.

BTW - I never cared for "Next Generation," but they had an episode where Scotty, who'd been locked in a transporter beam, survives in stasis to find himself on Picard's "Enterprise." He's homesick, and at the end, uses the holodeck to create the bridge of the original ship, and wanders around it with a bottle of scotch toasting his long-dead friends. An excellent send-off for him, I always thought.

Posted by: Ripper on July 8, 2004 09:47 AM

My biggest social triumph was getting this charming man to one of my parties. In the 80s I lived in a house in L.A. with a large living room with a piano. There was a good number of elderly New Orleans jazz musicians around who had retired to L.A., and about once a year I'd throw a big party and jam session for them. One year we had a guest visiting from New Orleans who knew Doohan, and as I had grown up on Star Trek I was delighted to invite him to one of these parties. I remember that I opened the front door, and he thrust his hand forward with a smile and said, "James Doohan," as if I could mistake him for anyone else. He loved the music and was a wonderful guest, happy to chat with anyone, especially about Jackie Gleason, who he had worked with and admired immensely as a consummate entertainer. So sad to hear he's declining, but I'm so glad I got to meet him.

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