[Ads-l] Antedating of "Beam Me Up, Scotty"

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 21 14:39:31 EDT 2017


I believe "beam me up scotty" appeared in "The Aeronautical Journal" one month earlier.

Someone with better library or database access can check the original.


I only have access to the partial search function on HathiTrust, which says it's in The Aeronautical Journal, Volume 79, page 163.


The Cambridge University Press website has abstracts of articles from the Aeronautical Journal, and I was able to isolate it to an article entitled, "Royal Navy Search and Rescue Facilities," Aeronautical Journal, Volume 79, Issue 772, April 1975, pages 161-165.


A search on HathiTrust, of a text-string from the introduction to the article as shown on the Cambridge University Press site, confirms that it  is the same article.


The article is about helicopter search-and-rescue capabilities, so I imagine that the article quotes some crewman who says "beam me up, Scotty," in telling the winch operator to raise the rescue basket or harness (or something like that).

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beam me up, Scotty (OED 1984)


1975 _The Crusader_ (Susquehanna University student newspaper) 16 May 3 (In=
ternet Archive) Beam me up, Scotty.


Fred Shapiro

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