James Doohan 1920-2005


I first heard of the death of James Doohan (who played Scotty on Star Trek) on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Sure there’s the Supreme Court nomination, White House scandals, and other news, but they still devoted time for a tribute to James Doohan. That is just one small measure of his importance to our culture.

This was certainly not the most significant tribute which Doohan received during his life. For example, Neil Armstrong has credited him for giving him the inspiration to go into space. Scotty died on July 20, the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon.

As Scotty, Doohan provided an example that there is no problem which could not be fixed (even if we didn’t understand all the technobabble). Star Trek provides a welcome contrast to the problems we face today. In the Star Trek world, as opposed to Bush World, reason and science always triumphs over religious fanaticism. We see a philosophy of non-intervention in the affairs of others rather than senseless wars, and support for freedom over tyranny and injustice.

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33 Responses to James Doohan 1920-2005

  1. Ron

    Thanks for posting this tribute to Scotty. There are no small coincidences in life and death it seems: “Neil Armstrong has credited him for giving him the inspiration to go into space. Scotty died on July 20, the anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon.”

  2. marc t says:

    Scotty… Welcome to the Final Frontier Lounge. Here’s a moonshot of Jim Beam (me up) to you, sir, on the house…

    “If it’s not Scottish, it’s crap” – Mike Myers, SNL

  3. cali dem says:

    Nice job with this new blog. Looks terrific! Best of luck to you.

  4. Hey there Cali Dem!

    Thanks… don’t be a stranger.

  5. marie says:

    Looks very good. I was just going through some old archived posts from the old Kerry Library a few days ago, my how far all of us have come on this journey and how things have changed since 04. I’m a bit nostaligic I guess. Good luck to you and always trying to keep things the same……..life just keeps moving forward. Good Luck to YOU.

    best wishes marie………I’ll have to update my blog with new links.


  6. Hi Marie

    Thanks. Yes, we’ve al come a long, long way. I’ve been very nostalgic myself lately about all of this.

    “You can’t go back, you can only look behind from time to time” – Joni Mitchell

  7. Ron Chusid says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to go through the comments on one of those late nights when several of us were on the old official blog?

  8. marc t says:

    It would be fun, Ron… trolls to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

  9. Noisy Democrat says:

    LOL about going through the official blog. I actually saved a copy of it — downloaded the entire blog, comments and all, to my hard drive before it went down. It’s useful sometimes when I want to know something about how the campaign went last summer (you’d be surprised how often a person needs to know some piece of historical trivia about the Kerry/Edwards campaign 🙂 ). It’s always a trip down memory lane to look at it, though.

  10. Ron Chusid says:

    You have the entire official blog?!!!

    Would it be possible to get a copy of it?

  11. Noisy Dem

    Make that two copies!

  12. Noisy Democrat says:

    Yes, at least insofar as I’ve spent any time poking through what I have, I believe I got the whole blog — that is, it looks like I have all the entries and comments, and each entry comes up looking like it did originally (e.g. if it had pictures at the top, those are still there, it has the webpage formatting, etc.) If something in the blog linked to other parts of the site, it’s more hit-or-miss whether I have those other linked items.

    When I thought the end was nigh, I used a program called PageSucker to download the blog, and it also got parts of http://www.johnkerry.com overall. Actually, I did it more than once — it takes hours to download a site and can hang up, and I wasn’t sure whether I’d gotten the whole blog, so I made 4 attempts and kept them all. So if one version has gaps, maybe another one fills them in. But so far, whenever I go poking, I seem to find whatever entries I’m looking for.

    I’ve just recently been trying to figure out how to send the blog to someone else — we’re thinking if I could master the mysteries of how to use StuffIt to create a zipped file, then I could send the file through http://www.YouSendIt.com. I’m working on it, and as soon as I get the hang of zipping things, of course I’ll be happy to send you copies. If that doesn’t work, I could burn it onto CDs — they don’t cost much.

  13. Noisy Dem

    I’ve never used Stuff it, I use WinZip. Do you know how big it is? MB? GB?

  14. Noisy Democrat says:

    I’m just looking at it now. The folder that is labeled “blog” is 229 MB. But the entire folder of things from JohnKerry.com — which doesn’t seem to be every last piece of the site, but does include a massive folder (about 875 MB) labeled On The Road, plus some video, some images, and a whole lot of transcripts of speeches — is 1.2 gigabytes or slightly more, including the blog folder. I’m not sure which parts of the larger JK.com folder are necessary to get the blog to come up looking right (i.e. I don’t know how it’s all structured — whether the blog pages are calling up bits that are in these other folders), so you may want the whole 1.2 gigabyte shebang. It breaks down into about 4 folders, though, mostly Blog and On The Road, so I could bundle up each folder for mailing. YouSendIt allows for sending files up to 1 gigabyte in size.

  15. Noisy Dem

    Goddess Bless You! Absolutely!

  16. Noisy Democrat says:

    OK, I’ll try win zip. 🙂

    The one thing that’s odd is that I captured so many things, but I don’t seem to have caught many large, full-size photos. That is, if there was a link from a small photo to where you could see it larger size, I don’t seem to have the larger one. But it’s possible that I do have them but I don’t know where to look. Many other things do seem to be here — though not all the video, just a few bits. You’ll see when I send this to you; when you get a page through PageSucker, sometimes it’s like you have the whole page living on your hard drive and you can just click around in it, but often the way it actually works out is that it’s more like having a huge warehouse stuffed full of pieces of a webpage, and you have to go digging through the jumble to find what you want, instead of being able to follow links from a higher page the way you normally would. So I’m still not sure what all I have. But whenever I open up blog pages, they look just like they did, with smal images and all the comments, so at least those were preserved in their entirety. Anyway, I’ll figure out how to get it to you and you can see for yourself.

  17. Darth NeoCon says:

    Nice tribute to “Scotty”. I heard his remains will be launched into space next month.

  18. Teresa says:

    I loved the Kerry site. I was brand new to the Internet , and that was my introduction. I found myself clinging for dear life, though, when things got rough. We’ve grown up it seems, but look… we’re still together… with ease.

    I’m getting a good feeling about this site. I love new things. This one seems more about us and our newfound friendships than heavy heartbreaking political turmoil.

    I think the darkness is starting to light up and we can relax a tiny bit and enjoy one another’s company.

    Hi Noisy!

  19. kj says:

    Noisy Dem, could you make that three copies? Please? I can’t believe you saved the blog. What a gift.

  20. kj says:

    Teresa Says:
    July 21st, 2005 at 5:13 am

    What she said. 😉 🙂

  21. Noisy Democrat says:

    Oops, sorry if I posted too long a comment earlier.

  22. admin says:

    Noisy Dem

    It wasn’t too long… I thought it best not to leave that on here to fall into the hands of trolls. I copied it and emailed it to KJ and Ron.

  23. Noisy Democrat says:

    Ah, thanks! I was wondering if I should be more cautious about trolls. Thanks for passing the info on. BTW, I only have Ron’s direct e-mail addy; how can I e-mail you? I’ll let you both know when the 3rd, massive piece is ready for downloading.

  24. Noisy Dem

    Check your email…

  25. Noisy Democrat says:

    KJ, as for me saving the blog — I’m a packrat when it comes to saving bits of history, and it seemed to me that the blog is an important piece of history. At any rate, I didn’t want to forget what last summer was like, so I saved it. 🙂

  26. Ron Chusid says:

    The old blog really was a piece of history. I’m glad someone saved it.

  27. It’s my understanding that the Kerry Blog and Website will be sent to the Smithsonian.

  28. kj says:

    Pamela, I remember hearing about that during the campaign, but haven’t heard anything since.

    Noisy Dem, it was great foresight you had to save it. The world needs more packrats! (Can’t believe I’m saying that, being married to one! LOL)

    Will look for the email from Pamela. Again, thanks!!!!

  29. I think Dick told me that a while after it was taken down.

  30. kj says:

    Pamela, good. That means there is still a possibility it will be saved to the Smithsonian. 🙂

  31. Ginny in CO says:

    Hmm, a tribute to James Doohan (thanks Ron), there is a copy of the official Kerry blog – which is likely to go to the Smithsonion – and

  32. Ginny in CO says:

    Ok, I literally dropped the ball on that one (the track ball to the mouse).

    As I was meaning to add…

    And marc t reminding us of “trolls to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you”

    This definitely feels like old times on the blog.

    BTW, the comments on Doohan brought the last scene of “Space Cowboys” to mind. The character Tommy Lee Jones played, in his suit on the moon while old blue eyes sang “Fly me to the Moon”

    Thanks for the memories….

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