Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Be on the lookout

With the death of Star Trek's James Doohan, make sure no "Beam me up" headlines get in the paper.

"Star Trek's Scotty beamed up" is no better.

UPDATE: As noted here, here and here, that phrase is never actually uttered in the TV series or the movies.

7 Comments:

At 4:41 PM, July 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I said at the news meeting this afternoon that I had instructed the fatures copy desk not to let any variation on "beam me up" into the paper, an editor nearby muttered, "It's like being in Soviet Russia."

Da, Comrade, we have the means of production.

John McIntyre

 
At 10:38 PM, July 20, 2005, Anonymous Mark said...

Kirk actually does use the phrase at least once - in a fun but overwritten "Trek" novel by some guy named William Shatner. Trekkies would, however, point out that only the TV shows count as "canon."

 
At 12:16 PM, July 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering that Doohan only used the phrase as the title of his biography and that he requested his ashes be sent into space, it's a good idea not to use something so inaccurate as a variation on "beam me up, Scotty."

Michael

 
At 4:02 PM, July 21, 2005, Anonymous Bill said...

This is nonsense. The phase has become part of the American pop culture lexicon. I used it with no problem, everyone got a kick out of it and, as the editor said: I think Doohan would have been more than OK with it.

 
At 4:34 PM, July 21, 2005, Blogger Nicole said...

When you say you used it, do you mean you used it in the headline?

 
At 12:26 AM, July 22, 2005, Blogger Aaron said...

Doohan was pretty Zen with his career. I don't think he would be bothered by such comments at all. In fact, James was genuinely touched by his fans and would have been honored to know he added to the American pop culture vernacular...

Regardless of the phrase being said word for word or not.

 
At 12:37 PM, July 27, 2005, Anonymous Bill said...

I used it in a skybox teaser.

 

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