One to beam up…

James Doohan, the Canadian actor who portrayed Scottish chief engineer Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, made his final voyage today at the age of 85. He was still making his way as a “Miracle Worker” at age 80 when his wife gave birth to their daughter, Sarah. His last public appearance was in October 2004 when he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His wife, Wende, of 28 years was by his side when he passed on to the final frontier.

He will be missed by many people across several generations. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and fellow fans. May his legacy live long and prosper.

A few news articles if you want to know more (can you tell I rely mostly on the BBC for my news?):

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Star Trek’s Scotty dies aged 85: Doohan, whose role was immortalised in the line “Beam me up, Scotty”, had been suffering from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease, his agent said.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | Obituary: James Doohan: Star Trek’s impact became apparent when he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, after half the students there said that Scotty had inspired them to take up the subject.

BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Star Treks’s Scotty: Your tributes


Trekking Vegas

I just recently returned from one of the funnest weekend trips of my life. A few years ago I had gone to Las Vegas with a few friends and talked them into making a side trip to the Las Vegas Hilton for one purpose: To ride Star Trek: The Experience — a live-action simulation of being kidnapped by Klingons from the future, transported to the Enterprise, and then evacuated by shuttle craft back to Earth. In my opinion more fun than Star Tours at Disneyland. Afterward we ate lunch in Quark’s Bar & Restaurant where I realized I needed my friend Joan to experience all of this with me someday.

Finally, Joan and I made plans to attend Creation‘s 3rd Annual Official Star Trek Convention at the Las Vegas Hilton (coverage by TrekNation). We arrived via United Express on Friday morning and spent the entire weekend watching some of our favorite celebrities speak on stage to an audience of around 3,000. Many of the fans were dressed like their favorite character in their Federation uniforms, or as Klingons, Borg, Andorians, or Ferengi. We even saw a Jedi Knight who said his powers wouldn’t work in this universe.

We started the weekend with George Takei, saw several other celebrities throughout the weekend, and ended it with a dual appearance by Shatner and Nimoy. In between speakers we wandered around the convention room where there were booths selling any kind of sci-fi trinket, weapon, picture, or action figure you could think of. Celebrities of other sci-fi tv shows were also there getting in on the action (like Richard Keil of James Bond movies, and Herb Jefferson Jr of Battlestar Galactica). In the evenings Joan and I hit some of the casinos like Paris, MGM Grand, the Luxor, and we even saw the water show in front of the Bellagio. Saturday night we nearly walked ourselves to death and then decided (ok, needed) to get some root beer floats before returning to our regeneration chamber.

Every day was as fun as the last and I can’t wait to do it again. Maybe next year.

(This was originally posted at the main page of my website on August 3rd. I reposted here on August 17th so that it will be included later in my blogger archive.)