Monday, June 03, 2019

A Doohan D-Day Salute!

As you know, this June 6th is the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  My father-in-law Jack Savage was part of the Allied invasion forces.

Another of the 150,000+ soldiers was a Canadian named James Doohan, later famed as Montgomery Scott of Star Trek fame.

Doohan was shot in several places, including losing his right-hand middle finger.  

Here's an article touting his appearance at "Tulsa Star Trek '83" in which he talks about his experiences.

And this photo was taken of me with Doohan at the same convention.  You can see his missing finger (does that sound right?) as he holds the pen.

Doohan was a master at shielding the fingers of his right hand from the cameras in Star Trek.  In nearly every camera shot he turns his hand to one side or has his fingers curled and you really can't tell.

Except for one scene, in 1967's The Trouble with Tribbles."  Kirk has just received his "chicken sandwich and coffee," and Scott bustles into the galley with a double-armful of tribbles.
In this silly way, I salute Doohan, my father-in-law, and all the other brave combat troops who on D-Day were part of saving the world.

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