James Doohan, the actor who played “Scotty” the gruff engineer of the original 1960’s Star Trek series whose funeral service almost befitting a starfleet personnel.
By: Vanessa Uy
James Doohan passed away 2 years ago, yet his funeral service: which was held last April 27 is similar to one might expect in a Gene Roddenberry-esque Utopian Future 200 years from now. James Doohan’s ashes will be blasted into space. His widow, Wendy Doohan was on hand of the launch button after delivering a eulogy.
James Doohan’s dedication to making Gene Roddenberry’s creative vision possible still continue to inspire Star Trek fans around the globe. Together with William Shattner who played Captain James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy who played the half human half vulcan science officer named Spock and the rest of the cast of the original Star Trek series made possible a new breed of science fiction TV series. Like the British Dr. Who sci-fi serials, Star Trek relied more on well honed story plots than whiz-bang special effects. This is probably the secret to Star Trek’s success.
At present only a handful of people had space burials, and these prestigious group eerily resembles the “Founding Members” of a Gene Roddenberry-esque Utopia. Like Frank Zappa, the late 1960’s Rock musician known for his unique songwriting skills. Most “Trekkies” I know are also Frank Zappa fans. The 1960’s psychedellia guru Timothy Leary whose life and personality resembles an ancient Vulcan philosopher/character created by Gene Roddenberry. While the ultimate in space burrials goes to the lunar geologist and astronomer Eugene Shoemaker, whose ashes are rocketed to the moon.