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Mirror + better obituary (4, Informative)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114390)

There's a mirror here [networkmirror.com] and a better obit from CNN here [cnn.com].

Re:Mirror + better obituary (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114429)

The link in the article summary isn't even to an obituary -- it describes an event honoring Doohan that occurred a year ago. A new low for Slashdot. Thanks for providing a good link.

Re:Mirror + better obituary (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114473)

BBC obituary here [bbc.co.uk].

Bad quote. (1, Insightful)

Kozz (7764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114511)

Bad quote in that CNN article [cnn.com]. All the real trekkies (trekkers? whatever.) know that the exact phrase "Beam me up, Scotty" never happened in any TOS script.

May you rest in peace, Mr. Doohan.

Yes, I am going to hell for this... (5, Funny)

toupsie (88295) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114399)

He's dead, Jim! -- Bones

Re:Yes, I am going to hell for this... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114415)

funny, but it was way funnier when DeForest Kelly died

Re:Yes, I am going to hell for this... (4, Insightful)

thephotoman (791574) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114523)

So is Bones.

And it looks like the guy in the red shirt does always die, even if it's Scotty.

Obligatory quote (-1, Redundant)

Trevin (570491) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114401)

He's dead, Jim.

I really enjoy how.. (2, Insightful)

Marc2k (221814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114516)

..one guy makes this comment at 12:39 and gets a "Score: 5, Funny", and another guy posts the same comment at 12:40 (with only 1 comment posted between them, if you look at the cid) and gets a "Score: 0, Redundant".

Re:I really enjoy how.. (1)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114572)

Its the exact same quote. It is therefore redundant. Thats the risk your run with posting stupid jokes and cliches. One man's funny is another man's redundant/offtopic/troll. I doubt this will crush the second poster's life. Live, learn, and move on.

Beem him on up... (2, Insightful)

SnowDeath (157414) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114404)

Beem him on up to the big NCC-1701 in the sky. You will be missed Mr. Doohan.

Re:Beem him on up... (4, Insightful)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114534)

You will be missed Mr. Doohan.

More so than any of the Trek characters, methinks. How many of us here were first inspired into tech geekdom by Chief Enginner Scott?

Re:Beem him on up... (-1, Troll)

@madeus (24818) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114578)

You will be missed Mr. Doohan.

Mostly by his 5 year old son I should think.

The mind boggles - how much of an asshole do you have to be to have children at that age?

Can't (4, Insightful)

ericdano (113424) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114406)

"She can't take anymore of this!"

Rest In Peace Scotty. You will always be remembered.

Re:Can't (2, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114535)

The first version of that line was "I canna change the laws of physics!" Cool when I first heard it. Sad how quickly it became a cliche.

Something has to be said about the famous accent. I don't know that many Scots, but I'm told that nobody from Scotland actually talks that way. It's a sort of Hollywood convention.

Speaking of Scots, has anybody else noticed that Kirk and McCoy are both Scottish names? So two of the three main characters were Scottish, plus the most prominent supporting character. Makes you wonder...

Re:Can't (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114587)

Yeah, those Scots were known for their........sailing skills?

Re:Can't (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114571)

This one [bagpipes2000.com] is for you Mr. Doohan.

Rest In Peace, Scotty.

God finally beamed him up... (2)

DJRikki (646184) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114409)

Fond memories from TOS right through the series of film. He will be sadly missed. R.

Correction (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114412)

Correct me if im wrong, but an article I read said that he was suffering from Pneumonia and Alzheimers, not Parkinsons ...?

Cue the jokes... (4, Informative)

daveschroeder (516195) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114416)

"Beam me up, Scotty!"

"He's dead, Jim."

Ok, now that that's out of the way, I'm sure the rest of the slashdot article comments will be thoughtful, insightful commentary on Doohan's passing.

Such as:

He lost a finger during the D-Day invasion as a captain in the Royal Canadian Artillery.

He was also a linguist, and devised the Vulcan and Klingon lanuages for the original Star Trek motion picture.

He had his youngest daughter in 2000, when he was 80 (!), with his wife Wende, whom he'd been married to since 1975. Way to go, James.

More [wikipedia.org]

Re:Cue the jokes... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114510)

"He had his youngest daughter in 2000, when he was 80 (!), with his wife Wende, whom he'd been married to since 1975. Way to go, James."

Yeah, seriously. Way to guarantee you won't see your daughter grow up.

Re:Cue the jokes... (-1, Flamebait)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114524)

He had his youngest daughter in 2000, when he was 80 (!), with his wife Wende, whom he'd been married to since 1975. Way to go, James.

It's irresponsible to bring a child into this world when you are so old that you know you will not be able to give appropriate care.

Way to go!

Re:Cue the jokes... (2, Funny)

Fnkmaster (89084) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114530)

He had his youngest daughter in 2000, when he was 80 (!), with his wife Wende, whom he'd been married to since 1975. Way to go, James.

So I guess his Doohan was still working?

groan

To quote STII, The Wrath of Kahn. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114419)

"Is the word given, sir?"

"Aye, laddie-- warp speed."

RIP, Scotty.

Favorite Quote (4, Funny)

lecithin (745575) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114420)

"Just before they went into warp, I beamed the whole kit and kaboodle into their engine room, where they'll be no tribble at all."

no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114425)

WELSHEY!!!! er.. I mean... SCOTTY!!!!

A sad day (5, Insightful)

Nos. (179609) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114428)

Scotty had to be one of the most beloved Star Trek characters of all time and Mr. Doohan really made the character. I only hope that someone somewhere will play Amazing Grace on the pipes for him as he did for Spock at the end of Star Trek II.

Re:A sad day (1)

Tuna_Shooter (591794) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114518)

If one person changed the life path that i have taken ( I became an engineer) I will say that person was James Doohan. He was and always will be a hero to all engineers.

Sad, and here come the bad jokes (1)

jokestress (837997) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114434)

I have my phaser set on kill for the first person who makes a "beam me up" comment.

Re:Sad, and here come the bad jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114582)

"I have my phaser set on kill..."

You sound hot. But, I really know you're a guy. Er, wait... FemNazi!

Thanks! (1)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114436)

Yahoo! News Link [yahoo.com]

Thanks for:
Being Scotty, and being cheerful about it.
Your efforts at Normandy in World War II, which almost cost you your life, and did cost you a finger.

You will be missed!

god speed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114443)

God Speed.

So much for getting beamed up. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114445)

Maybe someone can see if Snotty can do it.

Just wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114451)

Was he the guy on the article icon ?

Looks like (1)

nagora (177841) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114453)

he couldnae change the laws of physics after all...

A damn good innings for someone that was machine-gunned on D-Day.

Nothing for me to see here. (4, Insightful)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114454)

Nothing for me to see here. Please beam me up.

(Thanks for teaching me how to keep my reputation as a miracle worker. I'll be enjoyin' a wee dram in your honor tonight, James.)

He was an influence (1)

peptidbond (189705) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114455)

My early love of Star Trek was certainly an influence on my career and life now. James was a part of that and I am definitely thankful.

Silly Scotty. (1)

Silverlancer (786390) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114457)

Should have put yourself into the transporter buffer and waited for a future starship to find you, like you did last time!

The nicest cast member (1)

garylian (870843) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114458)

I got to meet quite a few of the cast members from the original show, missing only Shatner and Nimoy. Of all of them, Doohan was the nicest guy of the bunch. Several others were really good guys/girls, as well, but Doohan was the best, face to face. Rest in peace, big guy.

A good memorial would be... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114461)

Sending his ashes out on a solar sail to the far end of the solar system and beyond "to go where no man has gone before". :)

Re:A good memorial would be... (5, Insightful)

fostware (551290) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114501)

The Space Shuttle is obviously waiting for his ashes... That would be fitting. (Depending on the families wishes of course)

Arrrrgh! (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114464)

I grew up with TOS, it had a HUGE influence on me.
Damn...

Get your DVR's warmed up, I smell a TOS marathon coming up on scifi..

Beam me up Scotty, this planet sucks....

Seeya Scotty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114468)

scotty is getting beamed up for the last time

Once is all that is needed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114469)

"He's dead Jim."

Okay, it is said. Once. No need for every other post to be this line. Especially since Deforest Kelly is already gone.

How about something insightful instead?

Beam Me Up? (1)

ect5150 (700619) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114470)


Looks like he was finally beamed up to the final frontier?

So long Scotty! I'm sure he'll be missed.

Remembering James Doohan (5, Insightful)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114475)

Just as Agnes Moorehead didn't want to be remembered only as "the witch", I think it's kind of insulting to James Doohan just to encapsulate remberences of him solely as his most well-known character. Can anyone out there comment on his other roles? (e.g. Star Commander of Jason?) his military service? or his long, long life?

We all know he had a fun, fake Scottish accent and was unparalleled in delivering technobabble in just the right doses for a good episode of Trek, but I'd love to hear the stories of this man that aren't penned by Rodenberry or copyrighted by Viacom.

Anyone have any?

Re:Remembering James Doohan (1)

spot35 (644375) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114544)

Wiki [wikipedia.org] always has a lot of information on people. This page also tells of his exploits as a writer and as a linguist. Apparently, he devised the Vulcan and Klingon languages.
BR Unfortunately not too much else I'm afraid and I'm sure many more better informed /.'ers will provide more information.

How terrible (1)

falc0n2600 (794809) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114476)

Well, he got beamed up.
That's terribly sad. Now, after reading the Half-Blood Prince, I feel sad all over.

Re:How terrible (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114557)

" Well, he got beamed up.
That's terribly sad. Now, after reading the Half-Blood Prince, I feel sad all over."

Oh no! Scotty was The Half-Blood Prince?? Damn that J.K.Rowling!

What an Influence (1)

porsche911 (64841) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114480)

I wonder how many of us became engineers at least partially because of him?

"Cap'tn, she can na take any mor!"

Influential... (1)

Mad_Rain (674268) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114493)

On a previous slashdot story, I heard several people talk about how influential he was on their science and engineering careers - his character was an inspiration, as was he. I found those stories to be really cool.

So here is a chance for some of you to eulogize him and talk about how important he was as a person - I'm sure I'm not the only one who like to hear your stories...

Famous last words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114498)

"Scotty's dead!"
"Damnit Jim! I'm a doctor not a...oh ok..yea...he's dead as hell."

But seriously, good luck on your final mission Scotty.

Scotty's Rule of Thumb (5, Insightful)

stuffduff (681819) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114503)

I remember Scotty explaining to LaForge one day that his secret was to always exaggerate the time it takes to do something by a factor of eight. Usually this made him look like a hero, but he always had that built in time for dealing with the unforeseen problem. It was one of the more important lessons I learned from Star Trek.

But the real value that James Doohan brought to his role, and that I value from his life was his enthusiasm. The positiveness he brought to his role came from the heart. He embodied and lived the "Can Do" attitude. Hopefully it was every bit as infectious as the rest of Star Trek and we will all remember that we too 'can do!'

Re:Scotty's Rule of Thumb (4, Funny)

daeley (126313) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114577)

Spock: "Ahh, Mr. Scott, I understand you're having difficulty with the warp drive. How much time do you require for repair?"

Scotty: "There's nothing wrong with the bloody thing!"

Spock: "Mr. Scott, if we return to Spacedock, the assassins will surely find a way to dispose of their incriminating footwear, and we will never see the Captain, or Dr. McCoy, alive again."

Scotty: "Could take weeks, sir."

Spock: "Thank you, Mr. Scott."

(From Star Trek VI)

I can't believe it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114505)

Yesterday Stephen King, and now this!

May his head live forever. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114513)

WELSHIE!!!!!!!

I cannot change.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114514)

the laws of life....

Would give my left arm for time travel now...

You will be missed Scotty!

You will be missed. (1)

ac3boy (638979) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114529)

I guess he gave it all he had.

You will be missed sir. My favorite character ever in the entire franchise.

RIP.

He will be missed (1)

swestcott (44407) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114532)

Today, we say goodbye to one of our own. Scotty, you kept this ship running under impossible conditions. you were a good officer, and a better friend. We commit your body to the vast seas of space, where you may continue exploring for eternity.

O, chì, chì mi na mòrbheanna,
O, chì, chì mi na còrr-bheanna,
O, chì, chì mi na coireachan,
Chì mi na sgòran fo cheò.

Chì mi gun dàil an t-àite 's an d'rugadh mi,
Cuirear orm fàilte 's a' chànain a thuigeas mi,
Gheibh mi ann aoigh agus gràdh 'nuair a ruigeam,
Nach reicinn air tunnachan òir.

Chì mi na coilltean, chì mi na doireachan,
Chì mi na maghan bàna, as toraiche,
Chì mi na féidh air làr nan coireachan
Falaicht' ann an trusgan de cheò.

he was a very compassionate person (5, Informative)

tomlouie (264519) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114539)

I loved the scene in the documentary Trekkies where Doohan talks befriending a suicidal fan.

I found this link which gave more info about that part of the documentary.

http://www.treknation.com/interviews/roger_nygard. shtml [treknation.com]

Q: Trekkies like to hear anecdotes. Tell us of some funny incident during the production of the movie.

A: Right in the middle of the most emotional moment of our interview with James Doohan the camera ran out of film, interrupting Mr. Doohan in the middle of his story about a suicide note he had received from a fan. He couldn't wait until the camera was reloaded because he was already late to be on stage. The convention security people said there would not be time for a second interview so it seemed like we would never find out what happened to the suicidal woman. We were determined to find out so we waited four hours until after Mr. Doohan spoke on stage and then signed several hundred autographs and then Denise asked him if he could kindly come back to finish his story. Despite being exhausted from the day's convention events, he graciously agreed, and he told us the rest of the story, which became the most touching moment in the film. I can't believe we almost didn't get that story.

Fairwell, James... (1)

KoshClassic (325934) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114543)

Great actor who played a great character. The episode of TNG that featured Scotty was one of my favorites.

Its too bad that, like physics, ya cannot change the laws of mortality.

Ah kinna tekkit anymorr, captin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13114558)

Ah kinna tekkit anymorr, captin!

In a distant galaxy on the other side... (1)

SirHailstone (901296) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114563)

James Doohan materializes in the transporter room and is asked to report directly to the bridge. Doohan goes to the bridge and sees Ricardo Montalban (Kahn) and Gene Rodenberry there. Kahn extends a hand and tells Scotty "Welcome Aboard." Initial panic sets in as Scotty spots Kahn on the bridge, but Gene tells everyone that everything is fine, Kahn is on our side and we're going boldly where no one has gone before.

A fitting day for his passing (4, Interesting)

dankney (631226) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114566)

It's fitting that he passed away on the anniversary of the Apollo landings.

A Very Charismatic (1)

Elaarni (860004) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114583)

Met him at a convention once in Vancouver, was a lot of fun to talk with, and really responsive to the audience. Was very charismatic and held everyones attention throughout. You will be missed Jimmy. Good luck in your final voyage.

Famous Quote for overclockers and tweakers (2, Funny)

vchoy (134429) | more than 8 years ago | (#13114588)

"She's running at 120% Captain..."
"Ach! If I give 'er any more she'll blow, Captain!"


Thanks for giving us hardcore overclockers and tweakers a such a great quote to remember you by.

We should all reply:
"She'll be fine Scotty..." *wink*

RIP mate.
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