Having been a fan of Star Trek for a very long time, even changing my schedule around to watch the show, I was heartbroken to learn that we’ve lost James Doohan, aka Scotty.
Diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2004, he made his good-byes in public to the world and stepped into the shadows. The cause of death was pneumonia. A Canadian, it surprised me to know that he made his last home in Redmond, Washington, home of Microsoft and not far from my childhood home.
We lost Deforest Kelley a few years ago. It is amazing how the Star Trek legacy was grown and expanded from a television series that was condemned before it barely got started. Only three years on the air and now it’s a part of our culture.
Thank you to Doohan, Kelley, Shatner, Nimoy, and all of our Star Trek legends and the ones who followed. You made our world brighter, full of hope for the future, and your roles became role models for everyone. Thanks.