Monday, August 23, 2010
James Doohan's Lucky Strike
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, James Doohan (the future "Scotty" of "Star Trek") was a young Royal Canadian Army captain, who went ashore on Juno beach in the first wave. Just before midnight, he was hit by a burst of machine gun fire. One bullet hit his right hand and took off his middle finger (in later years, I suppose he had to flip off William Shatner left handed), another hit his knee, and another struck him full in the chest. However, a cigarette case Doohan was carrying stopped the bullet. James Doohan is the only person I've ever heard of who could say that smoking saved his life.