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(KLBJ 590 AM)   The ashes of James "Scotty" Doohan to be launched into space today   ( divider line
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3495 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Apr 2007 at 3:25 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2007-04-28 03:27:12 PM  
Didn't it already happen?
2007-04-28 03:28:17 PM  
nothing like seeing a Canadian War Heros final wishes coming true
2007-04-28 03:30:06 PM  
I had something funny to say but I'm too lazy to type it. So instead here's a simple farewell Scotty, you're boldly going where few men have gone before.

/closet Trekkie
2007-04-28 03:31:09 PM  
it's about time, sheesh how long have we been waiting???
2007-04-28 03:33:29 PM  
Peace out
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2007-04-28 03:34:26 PM  
Goodbye homophobe!
2007-04-28 03:35:05 PM  
Now that my friends is the way to go.

Peace out Doohan, you kookla-barra Scoot.
2007-04-28 03:36:54 PM  
We haven't got the power captain!
2007-04-28 03:37:25 PM  
Really? I heard the mission was scrubbed because THEE JOOST DI'NT 'AVE ENOUGH POWER!!!
2007-04-28 03:37:47 PM  
i should have been exploded in space
different orbits for my bones

-genesis "anyway" 1974
2007-04-28 03:38:09 PM  
(from wikipedia)

His first combat assignment was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers along the way, Doohan led his unit to higher ground through a field of anti-tank mines and took defensive positions for the night. Crossing between command posts at 11:30 that night, Doohan took six rounds from a Bren gun fired by a nervous sentry:[1] four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his right middle finger. The bullet to his chest was halted by the silver cigarette case he carried, and his wounded finger was amputated which he would conceal during his career as an actor.

2007-04-28 03:39:21 PM  
A well loved actor, geek trendsetter, and also a personal advocate for space research and (unfortunately) a search for the cure for Alzheimer.

But HERO?.. come on...
2007-04-28 03:40:04 PM  
"they'll be no tribble at all".
2007-04-28 03:42:57 PM  
One of the many legendary stories of his flying years tells of Doohan slaloming a plane - variously cited as a Hurricane or a jet trainer - between mountainside telegraph poles to prove it could be done, which earned him a serious reprimand.
2007-04-28 03:46:27 PM  
Back into space where he belongs.

Oh wait, he was just an actor.
2007-04-28 03:48:27 PM  
2007-04-28 03:51:39 PM  

He was a personal hero to many current Engineers and Scientists, and advocated space travel. Not to mention that he was an iconic TV character.

I say he gets it.
2007-04-28 03:52:17 PM  
He was actually the neighbor of one of my dad's business partners, and would often show up to Xmas and New Year's parties before his health caught up with him.

A polite, funny man with a fondness for telling his war stories rather than stories from the set. He would scare the little kids with his missing finger. He remembered me each year, too, and would ask me how school was going and if I'd pinned down a major yet. In my mind, I know him as a nice old man with whom I had passing acquaintance before I know him as Scotty. I'm glad he's getting the memorial he desired.

/y'all can call bullshiat if you want
2007-04-28 03:53:58 PM  
Warp speed ahead, scotty!!!
2007-04-28 03:54:24 PM  
To all the guys who question the hero tag...

He was on one of the beaches on D-Day. That's kind of an insta-hero thing.
2007-04-28 03:55:35 PM  
my father-in-law went up with him today. my wife called me crying right after it happened. apparently it was very well done.

/take care Scotty
//take care Gordo
///take care Al
2007-04-28 03:57:22 PM  
I met him once and he was a nice guy. When he spoke to the group, one of the stories he told was the one Gsm136 referred to.

As far as the hero tag, I think his participation in the Normandy invasion on D-Day qualifies him if anything.

Godspeed Scotty!
2007-04-28 03:57:49 PM  
Why the heck do you raise hermit crabs xaandria?

And Mr. Doohan reads like he was a genuinely nice man.
2007-04-28 03:59:05 PM  
2007-04-28 04:00:53 PM  
Dustin_00, What did he do that was homophobic?
2007-04-28 04:02:34 PM  
Shouldn't his
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tag have a Canadian flag on it?

/Just wonderin'
//Vaya con Dios, Mr. Doohan
2007-04-28 04:04:01 PM  
Uncle Robbie: Dustin_00, What did he do that was homophobic?

Probably told him Dustin was a sissy name.

And he was right.
2007-04-28 04:06:34 PM  
Why the hell are people so sensitive over who they call a hero?
2007-04-28 04:09:42 PM  
You call this guy a hero? Fark him. Seriously. Fark him.
2007-04-28 04:13:08 PM  
I think Wil needs to repost the article he wrote after Doohan died, the one where he recounts meeting him, at which point Wil thought of him as Jimmy instead of Scotty.
2007-04-28 04:13:20 PM  
Maus IIIYou call this guy a hero? Fark him. Seriously. Fark him.

you'll get over it.

/go take a midol
2007-04-28 04:13:41 PM  
Truncks1 2007-04-28 04:06:34 PM

Why the hell are people so sensitive over who they call a hero?
Yeah, the bar has been set rather low in the past few years for whom we label hero. Scotty is definately a step up.

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2007-04-28 04:14:10 PM  
I didnt know he was a WW2 hero.

godspeed, Mr. Doohan.
2007-04-28 04:15:36 PM  
Does this mean that when Gene Wilder dies that we'll be baking his ashes in to candy?
2007-04-28 04:16:56 PM  
Sounds to me like Maus III needs to wash the sand out of his crack.
2007-04-28 04:19:18 PM  
Wouldn't it have been ironic if the craft exploded on the way up?

/glad he made it
//anybody seen a fork?
2007-04-28 04:20:36 PM  
Yeah this happened already, unless we slingshotted around the sun and it's happening again.
2007-04-28 04:21:11 PM  
it happened today
2007-04-28 04:23:18 PM  
Warp speed Mr. Doohan.
2007-04-28 04:25:10 PM  
His service record in the Second World War was quite solid.

He inspired people to become engineers.

He helped save a fans life by communicating with her during her depressed and suicidal period, and trying to keep in touch for several years.

Protecting and being a part of other peoples lives.

Is there no hero quality in that?
2007-04-28 04:25:15 PM  
Wait, he was a hero in WWII and for that he deserves our respect.
Fast forward to today: He was an actor with lots of credits, including Star Trek.

Hmm....., I don't know where this is going
2007-04-28 04:26:16 PM  
To0n um lets not forget he was in the service as well and was almost killed
2007-04-28 04:26:37 PM  
"Scott" trifecta in play.

Beam him up, Sco- oh. Sorry.
2007-04-28 04:29:55 PM  

Ooo. A Lamb fan. Probably the strongest song that far into the album. I know those lyrics by heart.

Enrich the soil
Not everybody's goal.
2007-04-28 04:30:07 PM  
At this point, anyone who can make us smile for a while deserves a little slack.

Besides, he's FARKING DEAD. Give it a rest.
2007-04-28 04:31:04 PM  
I don't know if it happened today or not. But it was supposed to happen like a month ago, and last November, and last September, and last July, and last year March.

I seriously considered getting a job at the spaceport, but all the companies with funding like this one are run by idiots, and all the companies run by sensible engineers have no funding and therefore no salaries.
2007-04-28 04:34:07 PM  
One mans hero is another mans mostly useless, cliche-perpetuating, one-trick-pony actor.
2007-04-28 04:37:28 PM  
Godspeed Mr. Doohan, we all miss you
2007-04-28 04:48:33 PM  

And Mr. Doohan reads like he was a genuinely nice man.

That may be, but when he was here several years ago for the Scottish Highland games as the guest of honor, he was blitzed. During his photo signing, his promoter had to keep him from dozing off as he scribbled illegible lines onto photos, and his keynote speech was "I just want to tell you...tell you... (...) ..."FARK 'EM!" and that was it. I'm sure he was a great guy, but everyone I've ever known who met him described him as drunk while doing so.

Just sayin'.
2007-04-28 04:49:59 PM  
Needs more bagpipes playing.
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