||[Jul. 20th, 2005|12:44 pm]
Whole lotta labia.
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Jimmy Doohan died.
Well *that* sucks donkey balls. wow. Big chunks of my early years just got really hard to think about. Plus, did you see Trekkies? He was so sweet and so charming, it was like getting a little geek girl crush all over again.
my day is ruined.
ruined i say.
I met him once. I gave him a kiss on the cheek.
*cries and cries*
Sweet and charming, but at heart he was a dirty old man. I respect that.
*hand to heart*
A quote from his Wikipedia entry.
At the outbreak of World War II, aged 19, he joined the Royal Canadian Artillery, and was eventually commissioned as a lieutenant. His first combat assignment was the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach on D-Day. Shooting two snipers along the way, Doohan's unit made its way to higher ground and took defensive positions. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: four in his leg, one in the chest, and one through his middle right finger. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case; he would later generally hide the amputated finger on screen. Despite his wounds, Doohan remained in the military, trained as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and flew an artillery observation plane, though he was once labeled the "craziest pilot in the Canadian Air Forces".
So, he's an actual hero. Not just a TV one.
As a kid, i attended several trek conventions, and Doohan was a guest at two of them. I remember that both times, someone in the crowd would ask him what happened to his finger and hand. This would lead into his stories about being in the war, being a pilot, and how he used those experiences in his acting career.
As for his finger, if you watch carefully, you'll notice - especially in the trek movies, more than the original show - that the finger actually still had something of a small nub left.
it does suck, Pough actually got to sit down and have quite a few drinks and a nice long conversation with him years ago. He is kinda bummed out about it. Most people didn't know that he did not have a Scottish accent... how great is that, he did if for tv and interviews. Suckers :)