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

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 21 21:01:13 UTC 2017

People are interested in "Beam me up, Scotty," specifically is that it survived as a catch-phrase in its own right, even though it was ever uttered in the original TV series (although Kirk did say, "Beam us up Scotty" a few times in the animated series in the early 70s).  I saw two newspaper references to buttons that say "Beam me up!"  sold at a Star Trek conventions in the Bay area in Florida in January/February 1975 .

I found a good post on the Science Fiction and Fantasy StackExchange<https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/132579/origin-of-beam-me-up-scotty> by someone who seems to have detailed information.

A participant named Praxis says:

"I can find no single origin point for this never-uttered catchphrase,  but I would hazard that it's a natural mutation of several similar  phrases, the closest being a command directed at Spock instead of  Scotty:

     KIRK: Beam me up, Mister Spock.  (From "The Squire of Gothos")
This could easily have become blurred with the various forms of this command issued to Scotty, such as

     KIRK: Scotty, beam us up fast! (From "The Savage Curtain")
etc., as well as a couple instances of

     KIRK: Beam us up, Scotty
coming to us by way of The Animated Series (for example, as heard in "The Infinite Vulcan").
The earliest instance of "Beam me up, Scotty" I can find in print is in Volume 79 of The Aeronautical Journal, published in 1975:

     ...cliffs, fire, forest or mountain is most probably some form of  transporter device such as that used by Captain Kirk and the crew of the  starship "Enterprise" — a sort of "beam me up Scotty" routine. However as this is still in the realms of fantasy...

That this is the origin of the phrase is possible but highly unlikely  — it almost certainly existed orally amongst the public in the late 60s  during the run of TOS itself."

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM>
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If we are going to allow permutations, Kirk says "Beam me up, Mister Spock"
in the original series.


On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 3:54 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> _[Globe] Arizona Silver Belt_ 27 May 1971 p 21 col  8 [newspapers.com]
> "Beam us up, Scotty."
> >
> > beam me up, Scotty (OED 1984)
> >
> >
> > 1975 _The Crusader_ (Susquehanna University student newspaper) 16 May 3
> (Internet Archive) Beam me up, Scotty.
> >
> >
> > Fred Shapiro
> >
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