James Doohan, R.I.P…

As much as I try and deny being a Star Trek fan, this morning’s news is saddening and reminds me when Deforest Kelley died a few years ago:

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

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, 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.

Jason posted photos, from one of Doohan’s last public appearances last August (when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame), right here.


A company called Space Services Inc. will send the ashes into space. The Houston-based company teams with commercial launch organizations in offering memorial services. It also sent the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and drug guru Timothy Leary into space.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has planned a tribute Wednesday afternoon. Representatives will place flowers on Doohan’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

4 thoughts on “James Doohan, R.I.P…”

  1. Awwww… Scotty :(

    My question is why the chief engineer was always in charge of beaming people up and down. Shouldn’t they have had a guy like Colm Meany to do that for them?

  2. Gregg – Scotty had to do the beaming because the transporter was always either broken (Microsoft transporter software 1.0) or being jacked up by some ion storm. Hell, even if it is working properly, I’m being scattered into a bazillion specs and reassembled and I wouldn’t want some “re shirt” wearing idiot beaming me into a wall or something.

  3. So sad. So so sad. I’m really glad I went to his Star dedication. I really would have liked to go to his tribute dinner the night before. Damn you unemployment! Anyway it’s truly a bummer of a day.

  4. Michael – That’s why the Vulcans used Apple iTransporters. It was the logical choice :P

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