Rare Video Footage Uncovers the Late Neil Armstrong’s
Secret Star Trek Wish
Astronaut and humanitarian, the late Neil Armstrong put aside his trepidations and made a rare public appearance in 2004 to honor a fellow engineer, James Doohan, Star Trek’s Lt. Montgomery Scott. Rare footage of the event recently discovered by Wende Doohan reveals Armstrong’s secret desire to captain a Federation starship.
Armstrong served as keynote speaker during Planet XPO's "Beam Me Up One Last Time, Scotty" convention in 2004. The gala event, attended by Trek luminaries William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, George Takei and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, celebrated Doohan's awarding of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
During a banquet in Doohan's honor, Armstrong gave a heartfelt speech that excited, amused and delighted the many fans that had gathered to see the iconic Trek engineer at his last convention appearance.
Armstrong compared the advancements of 24th century space travel to his own, confessing, “So, I’m hoping for my next command…to be given a Federation starship. And, when I get that command… I would like to have a crew like Captain James T. Kirk had.” Armstrong, a real engineer, praised Doohan declaring he would want Scotty as his engineer because he knew Scotty would get the job done!
"It was Neil's desire to play an admiral in Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, but he was out of the country and couldn't fit it into his busy schedule," said Producer Sky Conway.
"On behalf of the cast and crew of the upcoming production, Star Trek: Renegades, we dedicate the film to Neil Armstrong, a true space pioneer and real life hero, whose numerous contributions to humanity extended far beyond that one small step."
We hope you enjoy this rare public appearance by Neil Armstrong and his fitting tribute to James Doohan. For more information on Star Trek: Renegades see http://startrekrenegades.com/.
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