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Old June 12 2012, 08:13 AM   #1
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"Ensign Hatfield"?

I recently watched the excellent History Channel mini "Hatfields and McCoys" with some fellow Star Trek fans, and the question came up whether or not Leonard McCoy was supposed to be kin to the McCoys of the fued.

I mentioned that I seem to remember a novel where McCoy was treating an "Ensign Hatfield" and their mutual family histories came up.

Does this ring any bells for anyone? I want to say that it was a Diane Duane novel. Nothing came up at Memory Beta.
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Old June 12 2012, 08:19 AM   #2
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

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I mentioned that I seem to remember a novel where McCoy was treating an "Ensign Hatfield" and their mutual family histories came up.
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Old June 12 2012, 08:33 AM   #3
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

^ Who is "Midnight Marauder"? I may be remembering reading something like that rather than reading it in an actual book.
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Old June 12 2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

There's a fanzine - an issue of In A Different Reality, I think - that has a single panel comic of a very angry McCoy having a phaser fight with another crewman. Kirk and Spock are looking on and Spock is explaining, "I believe, Captain, that his name is "'Hatfield'."
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Old June 12 2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

I wrote a short story a few years back in which McCoy had an illogical antipathy for one of his nurses which was ultimately explained by her having been born a Hatfield. The kicker was that Spock (on his mothers side, obviously) had Hatfield ancestry as well, thereby explaining the Spock/McCoy feud.

I tied in the "Enterprise" episode where Trip is comatose and duplicated by the alien for purposes of obtaining brain tissue for harvesting to show how DNA can carry memories.
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Old June 12 2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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^Did you post it anywhere?
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Old June 12 2012, 07:00 PM   #7
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Never even finished typing it up. That also explained Spock's behavior toward McCoy which, by Vulcan standards, would be regarded as rude in the extreme. He attributed that to his human half, having no idea of how accurate that assesment was.
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Old June 12 2012, 07:15 PM   #8
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

This Hatfield/McCoy crap isn't going on anymore in our present, so why would it all of a sudden start up again in Trek's future? If anything, Dr. McCoy would have a good laugh with any Hatfield he happened to bump into.
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Old June 12 2012, 10:36 PM   #9
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

Oh, I know that. It was mostly a "shaggy dog" kind of story anyway in which the nurses Hatfield ancestry wasn't revealed until the very end.

If McCoy knew that was the source of the antipathy his intellect would "overrule" it, but not knowing it was just an undefined visceral dislike and a mutual one at that so his brain trumping his gut wouldn't have happened.
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Old June 14 2012, 01:22 AM   #10
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

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This Hatfield/McCoy crap isn't going on anymore in our present,
The truce was declared in 2003, which wasn't that long ago.
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Old June 14 2012, 01:55 AM   #11
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

^ But had the fighting been going on up to that time? I find that unlikely. 2003 was just a formality, wasn't it?
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Old June 16 2012, 12:50 AM   #12
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

Why assume that Dr. McCoy who is from Georgia, is related to the Kentucky McCoys?
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Old June 16 2012, 02:19 AM   #13
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Re: "Ensign Hatfield"?

Yeah, it's not like their the only McCoy family to exist.
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Old June 19 2012, 03:35 PM   #14
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Why assume that Dr. McCoy who is from Georgia, is related to the Kentucky McCoys?
Small Universe Syndrome. Fans are so used to it, they just accept that everthing Trek-related is ... related. If he's a McCoy, even if he's from Kronos, he must be related to "the" McCoys, in the same way the logical Spock is related to Doyle.
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Old June 20 2012, 12:20 AM   #15
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On Kronos they spell it "Mac'hoi".
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