Wednesday, July 20, 2005

R.I.P., Scotty

James Doohan, who inspired two generations of youngsters to become engineers in his role as the Starship Enterprise's Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, died today at the age of 85.
Another note on Mr. Doohan's contribution to America: According to the linked NY Times article, "he served in World War II, and was struck by six bullets during the D-Day Invasion in Normandy. One of the bullets blew off his middle right finger, an injury he would later conceal from the Star Trek television cameras."
No, there will be no cheesy "beam me up" comments. Thanks, Mr. Doohan, for serving your country in a time of war and for inspiring its young engineers. Godspeed.