July 20, 2005

Beam Him Up

BBC reports actor James Doohan has died.

Whenever I think of Mr. Doohan, I think of that scene in Trekkies when he recounted the story of how he realized how much Trek had touched some people’s lives.

His portrayal of Scotty won’t soon be forgotten. Thanks, Mr. Doohan.

Posted by James at July 20, 2005 1:42 PM
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And thanks, Patti, for sending me the story.

Posted by: James at July 20, 2005 1:45 PM

He was Canadian! Who knew?

Posted by: Patti M. at July 20, 2005 3:51 PM

A Canadian war hero who played a Scotsman 500 years in the future who sang old Irish ballads.
Doohan drank "some kind of whisky," a friend reports.
We'll toast his soul with Maker's Mark.

Posted by: ThirdMate at July 20, 2005 6:44 PM

Sad day for trek fans. James Doohan was probably my favorite classic trek actor.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 20, 2005 7:15 PM

Godspeed, Mr. Doohan. I'll never look at a Macintosh mouse the same way.

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2005 1:05 AM

It seems fitting to drink something green. Or at least say "it's green."

I do recommend that movie "Trekkies" for a glimpse into the feelings of some of the actors in the Trek phenomenon.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 7:40 AM

I'll never *speak* to a mouse the same way again.

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2005 8:59 AM

Julie: Yes, much better.

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2005 9:51 AM

Makers Mark isn't whisky it's whiskey. I'll think of Scotty next time I'm having a Bruichladdich! or Laphraoig! or Bushmill's!

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 21, 2005 10:02 AM

I would try one of those, but I'm intimidated by beverages with exclamation points.

(Do you pronounce that second one "leapfrog"?)

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2005 10:53 AM

I think they're pronounced something like:

brook-lah-dee

and

luh-froyg

Whisky is very good in the dark. But I fell asleep before I had a chance to drink anything.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 11:04 AM

The exclaimation points are mine. The beverages themselves are excellent. For fair warning only try the Laphroaig if you like the taste of peat and smoke with a little hint of seaweed. I know it sounds nasty but it's actually terrific. you either love or hate Laphroaig. James might be able to hook you up with a taste.

Bruichladdich is from the same island (Islay) but it's not on the coast and the flavors are a lot more tame.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 21, 2005 12:05 PM

I probably can. We'll check the liquor cabinet, Julie.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 12:09 PM

My own cabinet is getting rather sparse, so a field trip could be in order.

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2005 12:40 PM

Don't invest in Laphroaig without trying it 1st. Most people who I've met don't like it. Even those that like Scotch. It's too damn expensive to sit in a liquor cabinet for years. The 15 year is milder and smoother than the 10 but of course is quite a bit more expensive (60-70 buck rather than 40-50).

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at July 21, 2005 1:08 PM

I actually hate scotch. Love bourbon and rye though. Mixed feelings about Welsh whisky. Haven't had anything else.

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2005 1:10 PM

I like the idea of a field trip to a liquor store. We should have a day trip to, say, Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge.

http://www.yankeespirits.com/

Think of it. We pile into the car with a picnic lunch, do some fun shopping/exploring at Yankee Spirits, and then spread the picnic blanket!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 21, 2005 2:15 PM

Ye gods. Shades of "The Pickwick Papers" I'm sure.

Posted by: James at July 21, 2005 2:42 PM

Good call all, B.O.B.(bob)!
All we had in the ship's locker was the Maker's Mark. But, Richie Cardoza must have erased the "e" from "whiskey."
"Whiskey" with an "e" is the generic term. Calling a named whisky a "whiskey" is like questioning someone's parentage.
But in the light of your other offerings, I see what you mean.
Now, more than ever: One Hand for the Boat.

Posted by: ThirdMate at July 21, 2005 3:30 PM

I've not read _The Pickwick Papers_. Do they tromp off to a liquor store and subsequently picnic? Doesn't seem all that "Dickens-ish."

Posted by: Patti M. at July 21, 2005 3:40 PM

LOL... I clicked James's Pickwick Papers link and sure enough, in the comments section, was a message from a kid asking people to email him (or her) info about the book to help with a school project that was due in a couple of days.

I know it's not unusual, but it still surprises me when they use such lame tactics to get out of doing their homework.

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2005 3:53 PM

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