July 20th, 2005

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Dr. Who & Weekend Stuff

We had great weather in Boston last weekend! Some of my friends back west complained that their gay pride celebration was destroyed by lightening and rain storms! It blew out the hydro for blocks in the area where there was to be a huge party... Here; however, was great!

Revere Beach - Revere, MA

I spent Friday at the cinema (I went to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with the Boston Bears), on Saturday, I went to a neighbourhood festival in Cambridge (Davis Square) with Dave and Mark, followed by swimming in the Atlantic Ocean at Revere beach. We then picked up some nice steaks at Hilltop Steakhouse & Butcher Shop to grill at home for a nice dinner!

The NEW Dr. Who and his companion, Rose.

On Sunday I went tooling around on my motorcycle with Dave and the evening we watched some of the NEW Doctor Who episodes! (I'm a HUGE Dr. Who fan, and am so excited that it's back on the air!!!!) After editing and checking the quality of the episodes, I will put links here in my BLOG for you to download them if you like!

Sadly, although I love Christopher Eccleston playing the role of the 9th Doctor, David Tennant will replace him after only a SINGLE season!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr. Meet the new Doctor in Doctor Who Magazine

A history of actors playing The Doctor...

01 - William Hartnell 1963-1966
02 - Patrick Troughton 1966-1969
03 - Jon Pertwee 1970-1974
04 - Tom Baker 1974-1981
05 - Peter Davison 1982-1984
06 - Colin Baker 1984-1986
07 - Sylvester McCoy 1986-1989
08 - Paul McGann 1996-1996 (For the FOX movie only)
09 - Christopher Eccleston 2005-2005
10 - David Tennant 2006-????
11 - ???
12 - ???
13 - ??? (Last regeneration!)

Of course, there was lots of sex too!! ;-)

Last night, Tuesday night, I went to Dave's in New Hampshire for the evening -- we drove up to the Maine border to several outlet stores, including Russell Stover's (chocolates!!!) and Yummies, a huge candy store! I came back home with about 5kg of candy -- I think it will last a while!

We then went for a romantic dinner and a walk on Ogunquit Beach in Maine. We also checked out the "gay nightlife" in Ogunquit that people have been raving about on the Boston Bears' Yahoo Group -- I really didn't find anything great to write about... Three bars, all quite boring, and in the ones that were not empty were (shudder) breeders!! Eeeks!

Now I find myself in a quandary -- leave for Rochester tonight and work from there tomorrow; or leave tomorrow night and risk thundershowers?? In any case, it's the Unicorn, M.C. Campout this weekend, something I go to just about every year. Honestly, I think this will be my last year going to this event. Considering the ONLY source to cool off is a pond that has gone unmaintained for the past 20 years and is now affectionately known as "Lake Cappuccino" due to it's frothy tan colour, and considering that the fewer and fewer people that still continue to go are becoming more and more "whiny" about the weather and other things, it's just not enjoyable anymore.

I am also trying to figure out my timetable while in London in September... Lots to see and do! My schedule is very empty for the moment.

Oh well, anyways -- I'll post when I return...
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James Doohan, 'Star Trek's' Scotty, dead at 85.

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the apocryphal command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. (1330 GMT) at his Redmond, Washington, home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

The Canadian-born Doohan fought in World War II and was wounded during the D-Day invasion, according to the StarTrek.com Web site. He was enjoying a busy career as a character actor when he auditioned for a role as an engineer in a new space adventure on NBC in 1966. A master of dialects from his early years in radio, he tried seven different accents.

"The producers asked me which one I preferred," Doohan recalled 30 years later. "I believed the Scot voice was the most commanding. So I told them, 'If this character is going to be an engineer, you'd better make him a Scotsman.' "The series, which starred William Shatner as Capt. James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as the enigmatic Mr. Spock, attracted an enthusiastic following of science fiction fans, especially among teenagers and children, but not enough ratings power. NBC canceled it after three seasons.

When the series ended in 1969, Doohan found himself typecast as Montgomery Scott, the canny engineer with a burr in his voice. In 1973, he complained to his dentist, who advised him: "Jimmy, you're going to be Scotty long after you're dead. If I were you, I'd go with the flow."

"I took his advice," said Doohan, "and since then everything's been just lovely."

"Star Trek" continued in syndication both in the United States and abroad, and its following grew larger and more dedicated. In his later years, Doohan attended 40 "Trekkie" gatherings around the country and lectured at colleges.

The huge success of George Lucas' "Star Wars" in 1977 prompted Paramount Pictures, which had produced "Star Trek" for television, to plan a movie based on the series. The studio brought back the TV cast and hired director Robert Wise. "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was successful enough to spawn five sequels with the cast of the original TV show; other films, featuring cast members of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," have followed.

The powerfully built Doohan spoke frankly in 1998 about his employer and his TV commander.

"I started out in the series at basic minimum -- plus 10 percent for my agent. That was added a little bit in the second year. When we finally got to our third year, Paramount told us we'd get second-year pay! That's how much they loved us."

He accused Shatner of hogging the camera, adding: "I like Captain Kirk, but I sure don't like Bill. He's so insecure that all he can think about is himself."

James Montgomery Doohan was born March 3, 1920, in Vancouver, British Columbia, youngest of four children of William Doohan, a pharmacist, veterinarian and dentist, and his wife Sarah. As he wrote in his autobiography, "Beam Me Up, Scotty," his father was a drunk who made life miserable for his wife and children.

At 19, James escaped the turmoil at home by joining the Canadian army, becoming a lieutenant in artillery. He was among the Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach on D-Day. "The sea was rough," he recalled. "We were more afraid of drowning than the Germans."

The Canadians crossed a minefield laid for tanks; the soldiers weren't heavy enough to detonate the bombs. At 11:30 that night, he was machine-gunned, taking six hits: one that took off his middle right finger (he managed to hide the missing finger on screen), four in his leg and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.

After the war Doohan on a whim enrolled in a drama class in Toronto. He showed promise and won a two-year scholarship to New York's famed Neighborhood Playhouse, where fellow students included Leslie Nielsen, Tony Randall and Richard Boone.

His commanding presence and booming voice brought him work as a character actor in films and television, both in Canada and the United States.

Oddly, his only other TV series besides "Star Trek" was another space adventure, "Space Command," in 1953.

Doohan's first marriage to Judy Doohan produced four children. He had two children by his second marriage to Anita Yagel. Both marriages ended in divorce. In 1974 he married Wende Braunberger, and their children were Eric, Thomas and Sarah, who was born in 2000, when Doohan was 80.

In a 1998 interview, Doohan was asked if he ever got tired of hearing the line "Beam me up, Scotty" -- a line that, reportedly, was never actually spoken on the TV show.

"I'm not tired of it at all," he replied. "Good gracious, it's been said to me for just about 31 years. It's been said to me at 70 miles an hour across four lanes on the freeway. I hear it from just about everybody. It's been fun."
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Wish list link fixed!

Okay, my 39th birthday is now 9 days away. Here's my Amazon Wish List. As you can see, there are a lot of Dr. Who DVDs. It would be nice to replace all the VHS tapes I had that Walter threw out with DVDs over time... I'm not holding my breath though... There are other things in there, some can be found cheap used.

In any event, I'll be at Salt Ash Inn in Vermont for my birthday this year, as per Where's Chaz -- the online version...

Please note -- there are THREE BLOG entries today!
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