While I'm not
always sad to hear about the death of a cultural icon, in this case I
Doohan, better-known to Trekkers as Scotty, the ship's chief engineer
from the original Star Trek series, died this week. He was 85.
television/movie characters, not even in the formidable Star Trek franchise,
can claim to have a common turn of phrase forever associated with them. Someday,
when they figure out how to overcome the currently perceived laws of physics to
make it possible, there will be a transporter machine that will whisk away travelers
from planet to space and back again. I believe when we get to that point the
common command to the operator will be "Beam me up Scotty." I hope
I'm alive to see that day.
Scotty thanks for making life just that much more pleasant for so many.
Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.