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Scotty Will Beam Into ‘Star Trek’ Festival

Fri., Nov. 17, 1995

“Beam me up, Scotty” is the saying most everyone identifies with “Star Trek,” almost as much as Spock’s pointy ears and Captain Kirk’s womanizing.

It was employed by the “Star Trek” crew when danger loomed.

“Scotty,” otherwise known as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, would punch a few buttons on the computer and “beam” the away team aboard the Enterprise.

In addition, the expression was adopted by fans, and even those who never watched the show, looking for a way out of a sticky situation.

The actor who played “Scotty” on the “Star Trek” TV series and on the big screen, James Doohan, will beam himself to the “Star Trek” Festival on Sunday at the Spokane Convention Center.

The retired Enterprise chief engineer spends a great deal of his time these days making personal appearances at “Star Trek” conventions across the land. Last week, he appeared before 5,000 people at a show in Pasadena, Calif.

“There’s nothing better than walking out on the stage and seeing all those loving faces,” Doohan, who lives with his family in Redmond, Calif., said in a phone interview this week. “It’s a real pick-me-up. Even if you’re happy as it is, it’s still a pickme-up.”

Doohan most recently acted in the latest “Star Trek” movie “Generations.” The movie, which was sort of a passing of the torch from the old crew to the “Next Generation” one, also starred original cast members William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Walter Koenig (Chekov).

Doohan, who starred in the six other “Star Trek” films, believes “Generations” will be his last in his role as Scotty.

“Let’s face it: Everybody likes to work at their craft,” he said. “I presume though, unless something happens, that ‘Generations’ will be the last.”

The veteran actor said that he wasn’t originally planned for the movie.

“‘Generations’ didn’t even have all of our guys in it. In other words, if Leonard Nimoy had said ‘OK, I’ll be in that movie,’ then Jimmy Doohan wouldn’t have been in it. That’s all the words there were in the script.”

The festival lasts from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a costume contest at 12:30 p.m. A trivia contest and door prize drawings are at 2 p.m. Doohan will be appearing at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available only at the door. The ticket price also includes one autograph from the actor. Additional autographs are $5.

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