James M. Doohan
1920 - 2005
"God be with you. Love Wende"
to Jimmy, by George Takei
beloved actor James Doohan passed away in 2005, it was announced
that he wished to follow his friend Gene Roddenberry on a final
mission to space, aboard a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight.
We are deeply honored to have flown James Doohan aboard our Explorers
Flight, Legacy Flight, and New Frontier Flight,
and to fly him on our Voyager Flight.
We thank Mr. Doohan's many friends and fans around the world
who have composed tributes to Mr. Doohan, to honor him on his
journey into space. Your names and messages will fly with Mr.
Doohan on his journey into the final frontier.
Below is an invitation from Ms. Wende Doohan to all of James
Doohan's friends and fans.
Fans and Friends:
Jimmy absolutely adored playing the role of Scotty on Star
Trek. He promoted space exploration and travel where ever
he went. He would have given almost anything to be able to actually
go into space. When asked if he would ever ride the Space Shuttle,
with a twinkle in his eye he replied, “In a heartbeat!”
He finally gets his wish, through the efforts of Space Services,
Jimmy so thoroughly enjoyed his fans, from all walks of life,
from around the world. He spent a lot of time listening to them,
and how he, or the character of Scotty might have influenced their
lives. He regretted not being able to spend enough time with them.
I can’t think of a more fitting send off than having
some of his fans attend this, his final journey. If you wish to
send a few words of tribute, they will be digitized and sent with
Jimmy, as part of the payload on this launch.
For those who wish to attend the launch, you are more than
welcome. And for those who can’t, just look to the heavens
on launch date and know that you are sharing a WorldWide Memorial
for James “Scotty” Doohan.
Wende C. Doohan