Comics Ate My Brain

August 31, 2004

Not a bad sendoff

Filed under: star trek — Tom Bondurant @ 8:32 pm
James “Scotty” Doohan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Over the weekend, he said goodbye to fans at a Los Angeles Star Trek convention. He suffers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases and was in a wheelchair.

It’s said that many of today’s scientists were inspired by Star Trek to enter their chosen fields. The featured speaker at Saturday night’s dinner honoring Mr. Doohan probably wasn’t one of them. In fact, his greatest achievement came about 6 weeks after the original Trek’s last episode aired. On July 20, 1969, he became the first human to walk on the Moon.

Yes, the chief engineer of the fictional Starships Enterprise was toasted by Neil Armstrong — who, as I understand it, doesn’t come out for just anybody.

Very cool. Very, very cool indeed.

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