James Doohan

I’m sure you’ve seen it by now: James Doohan died.

I got to meet him about 10 years ago, and he was a great guy, who told brilliantly funny anecdotes about his experiences in WWII, and laughed warmly when I told him that he was my grandmother’s idea of the perfect man.

I’m not going to make a “beam up” reference—every media outlet is already falling over themselves to make the lazy attempt.

Speaking of lazy journalism, this pisses me off. It’s a quote from the AP story linked above:

“His commanding presence and booming voice brought him work as a character actor in films and television, both in Canada and the U.S. Oddly, his only other TV series besides “Star Trek” was another space adventure, “Space Command,” in 1953.

Um, what? Even assuming that you don’t count his voice work on the animated version of “Trek” as separate from his work on “Star Trek”, he played Commander Canarvin in the late-70s Saturday Morning live-action show “Jason of Star Command”, and appeared semi-regularly on the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Neither of which is listed in his IMDB entry, which I’m guessing is where the AP reporter did his background.

The AP story doesn’t mention his novels, either. Ah well.