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[Geek] Another Master Passes

One of our local SF dignitaries has passed away in the early hours of this morning.

He visited the Pacific Northwest for a conference when I was still a little kid, and loved it so much he moved back out here. (He was born in Vancouver.) He remained reasonably active in the Seattle area fandom community until he succumbed to Alzheimers and failing health years ago; one of my earliest fandom memories is actually sitting at a local gathering and hearing him tell horror stories of the move out to Redmond.

He'll be missed, but he hasn't been part of things since around the time I graduated from high school. The cheerful, outgoing James Doohan I remember from local conventions and SF book signings of my childhood vanished years ago.

Beam me up, Scotty, one last time.


Of course, the irony of this tale is that he was relating it all to a room full of Seattle-area jr. high students who were SF fans. And so as he's talking about this poor neighbor's let-down on that first meeting, all of US were thinking, 'We're getting to talk to Scotty! How cool is this?'