Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Cities vie to claim birthplace of 'Scotty'

HE does not exist, and even in his fictional world he has not yet been born. But that has not stopped four Scottish cities from charging their warp drives and gearing up for battle over plans to commemorate Montgomery Scott, the Star Trek character better known as “Scotty”.

When Linlithgow announced plans last month to erect a plaque in honour of the irascible engineer of USS Enterprise, only the most fanatical Trekkie fan could have predicted a challenge to its claim as the city of Scotty’s birth in the year 2222.

But a bizarre four-way spat has now erupted over the ownership of the man who will forever be associated with the phrase never uttered on the show: “Beam me up, Scotty”[...]

Times Online

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