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August 03, 2005

Earth To Scotland: Star Trek's Scotty Was A Fictional Character

Wake-up call for Scotland - Jimmy Doohan, who played engineer Montgomery Scott on the original Star Trek and who died recently, was Canadian, not Scottish. Scotty was not born in Scotland. He was born in James Roddenbury's head.

That hasn't stopped Aberdeen, Linlithgow, Elgin, and Edinburgh in Scotland from fighting over which one is the "real" birthplace of Scotty. I understand the logic, though. Hey, imagine the tourist possibilities and money the chosen town could make from Star Trek conventions. Even more amusing, imagine hoards of Klingons walking around the streets of Scotland. Smiley1

Posted on August 3, 2005 at 12:03 PM | Permalink


Better, imagine Klingons playing golf - with a batlef (sic).

Posted by: NancyP at Aug 3, 2005 2:34:26 PM

hey, it's no stupider than minnesota towns fighting over which one is the real home of paul bunynan. i once was in bemidji, mn for business and a local drove me around showing me all the paul bunyan statues and crap and bragged about how, unlike brainerd, bemidji was the real home of paul bunyan.

so i said "isn't paul bunyan is a fictional character?"

my host nodded.

"so what does it mean to be the 'real' home of something that isn't real?"

he just looked at me for a minute like i wasn't making any sense, before suddenly launching into a new story about babe the blue ox.

Posted by: upyernoz at Aug 3, 2005 4:51:17 PM

You can fight the trekkies, man.

Posted by: Roxanne at Aug 3, 2005 5:58:02 PM

All this reminds me of the 50th anniversary of Roswell. Someone outside the U. S. said "Only in the United States can you celebrate 50 years of nothing."

Posted by: The Countess at Aug 3, 2005 7:45:31 PM

I believe there's a town in Iowa that's put up a statue to their favorite "son," James T. Kirk, even though he won't be born there for another 250 years.

Posted by: Lance Mannion at Aug 3, 2005 11:14:07 PM

A lot of people do seem to want to visit places where their favorite fictional characters are from. A month ago, I was sitting on the Eurostar on the way back to London from Paris chatting with a Brit. He was telling me all about how he really wanted to visit New Jersey (of all places) because he watched The Sopranos. At least he did realize that daily life in New Jersey probably wasn't the way it was portrayed The Sopranos. Which, of course, it's not. Even here in Hoboken.

Posted by: Lesley at Aug 5, 2005 10:21:28 AM

they do have sopranos tours or northern jersey. it's just like new zealand's spike in tourism since the lord of the rings movies came out

Posted by: upyernoz at Aug 5, 2005 11:29:58 AM

Salem, Massachusetts just put up a statue of Elizabeth, Montgomery from "Bewitched", since the movie was coming out. Salem is Witch City, and I think a couple of episodes of the show were filmed there. It wasn't set in Salem, though. I can't remember where it was set, but I think it was another New England town.

Posted by: The Countess at Aug 5, 2005 11:54:59 AM

GENE Roddenberry, not James. :)

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at Aug 5, 2005 1:10:42 PM