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Scots bicker over birthplace of 'Scotty'

Aug. 2, 2005 at 7:11 PM

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- "Star Trek" geekdom is spiraling out of control in Scotland where four towns are warring over the birthplace of the fictional Enterprise engineer, Scotty.

The row erupted after the recent death of actor James Doohan (don't tell the Scots, but he was Canadian) who portrayed Montgomery Scott in the U.S. TV cult classic.

Aberdeen, Linlithgow, Elgin and Edinburgh all claim to be Scotty's birthplace -- regardless of the fact Scotty's true birthplace was the head of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, the Edinburgh Scotsman reported.

Nonetheless, city officials and Trekkies in all four towns have "proof" backing up their claims and each has plans to erect a memorial Scotty as portrayed by -- dare we say -- a Canadian.

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