The final beam out

While I'm not

always sad to hear about the death of a cultural icon, in this case I

am. James

Doohan, better-known to Trekkers as Scotty, the ship's chief engineer

from the original Star Trek series, died this week. He was 85.


Not many

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.

By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.