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posted by Nicole @ 10:43 AM
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
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."
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
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.
When you say you used it, do you mean you used it in the headline?
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.
I used it in a skybox teaser.
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