Four Scottish Cities Fight Over Star Trek Scotty Tribute

The death of STAR TREK actor JAMES DOOHAN has provoked a row between four Scottish cities over plans to erect a plaque in tribute to his MONTGOMERY SCOTT character from the legendary sci-fi saga.

Following the news Doohan died last month (20JUL05), officials in Linlithgow announced they plan to honour engineer Scotty who, according to Star Trek folklore, was born in the city in 2222.

But, to the astonishment of Linlithgow council bosses, the cities of Aberdeen, Elgin and Edinburgh have all also laid claim to being the correct place to pay tribute to the Scotty character.

Councillor WILLY DUNN says, "We have information that Scotty was born here and then moved to Aberdeen. Fair dos to Aberdeen, you can see where their claim comes from, but Edinburgh or Elgin? I'm not so sure."

Aside from the debate as to where Scotty was actually born, Dunn has another matter on his mind: "We are trying to figure out what the name of it (a plaque) would be, because you can't really have a memorial to somebody before they are born, can you?"

Aberdeen councillor PAMELA MacDONALD confirms the city is considering a tribute of its own, as Scotty once referred to himself as an "Aberdeen pub crawler" in one episode, according to the official Star Trek website.

She says, "If he came from Aberdeen and there's a quotation to say that then we should claim him."

Elgin official KEITH SANDS confirms his city is also looking into the possibility of a Scotty honour as Doohan once said his character came from "Elgin, near Aberdeen" in an interview.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh's bid relies on a tit-bit of information from website Scifi.com, which states Scotty's birthplace as "Edinburgh, Earth".

Councillor LESLEY HINDS says, "If he really is from Edinburgh then we shouldn't let these other places claim him."

02/08/2005 13:57

Contactmusic

Tags: Star Trek - James Doohan

Advertisement

More Star Trek

Watch Zoe Saldana Attempt To Pole Dance Pregnant In Funny Video

Zoe Saldana evidently finds spending time at airports as boring as the rest of us, but the Star Trek actress still manages to have fun!...

Roberto Orci To Direct 'Star Trek 3' - But, Uh, Who Is He?

Roberto Orci, the Hollywood screenwriter best known for writing the first two Star Trek reboot movies, has been promoted to the director's chair for Star...

Rupert Wyatt Gets the Abrams Stamp of Approval for 'Star Trek 3'

With J.J Abrams off gallivanting around the universe of Sci-fi-ice-skating – that’s what we like to call ‘directing dangerously popular films’ – there opens up...

Michael Ansara, One Of Star Trek's Most Famous Villain, Has Died Aged 91

Michael Ansara will forever be remembered as the man who portrayed one of sci-fi's most feared yet respected villains; Kang in the television series Star...

Advertisement

'Monsters University' Fends Off 'The Heat': Still No.1 In US Box Office

Monsters University spent its second week at No.1 in the US Weekend Box Office grossing $46.2 million. The sequel of Monsters Inc. follows the early,...

Eddie Redmayne To Play Stephen Hawking In New Biopic

Les Misérables star, Eddie Redmayne is set to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic Theory of Everything directed by James Marsh, according Deadline.com Redmayne...

Sir Patrick Stewart Wants You To Know He's Tried Pizza Before, Honest

Sir Patrick Stewart found himself making headlines around the world this week after wandering into a Brooklyn pizzeria and announcing it was his first ever...

Amazon Thinks Profits And Sanctions Fan Fiction Marketplace

What’s that? A giant global corporation has ignored the creative integrity of the people it profits from in order to maximize gross income, potentially alienating...

Advertisement

Comments

Star Trek Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Star Trek

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All