McCoy was born in Georgia at the age of forty-five as an old country doctor.

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Extrocomp, Aug 10, 2021.

  1. Extrocomp

    Extrocomp Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2004
    The Autobiography of Mr. Spock hasn't even come out yet, but I've already found a mistake in it thanks to the Google Books preview.

    Spock writes "My friend Admiral Leonard H. McCoy MD (I shall simply refer to him as "Bones" from here on) was born in Georgia at the age of forty-five as an old country doctor."

    I'm assuming it's a mistake because cracking a joke about McCoy being born old doesn't seem like Spock's style. If it really is a mistake, do you think it's too late to inform the publisher before the book is printed?
  2. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2011
    The Black Country, England
    It's a joke.
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  3. Extrocomp

    Extrocomp Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2004
    Another bit of info: Number One's real name is now Una Chin-Riley.
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  4. Mike Doyle

    Mike Doyle Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 11, 2019
    I assume it is written by Spock towards the end of his life. By that time he had accepted his two halves and did crack jokes (although not the laugh out loud kind). I think that suits what we see of his sense of humour quite well.
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  5. 20fridge

    20fridge Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 12, 2015
    Given that Spock is from Vulcan, dry humor would be appropriate... :rommie:
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  6. Markonian

    Markonian Fleet Admiral Moderator

    Jun 2, 2012
    Derbyshire, UK
    Is she related to Riley from TOS?
  7. Extrocomp

    Extrocomp Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jul 6, 2004
    Doesn't say.
  8. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    May 12, 2004
    Lancaster, PA
    Reminds me of an old Groucho Marx joke: "I was born at a very early age."
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  9. Boris Skrbic

    Boris Skrbic Commodore Commodore

    Dec 14, 2010
    It looks like the writer was influenced by McCoy being 45 in the April 17, 1967 revision of The Star Trek Guide (and in The Making of Star Trek which was built around it), especially since an “old country doctor” reference is made in “The Deadly Years.” Of course, the official timeline now makes him only about 40 at the time, based on McCoy being 137 in “Encounter at Farpoint.”
  10. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Commodore Commodore

    Oct 6, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    Hello, I must be going.
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  11. JonnyQuest037

    JonnyQuest037 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 6, 2005
    Parsippany, New Jersey, USA
    I hate that SO much. What's the point of overwriting the clear intentions of the people who actually produced TOS in favor of a random age stated in "Encounter at Farpoint"?
  12. Dayton Ward

    Dayton Ward Word Pusher Rear Admiral

    May 22, 2000
    Also, it's worth noting DeForest Kelley was 46 when he began work on the show.
  13. Damian

    Damian Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Nov 2, 2017
    United States

    The title of my favorite Phil Collins solo album....which incidentally has my favorite Collins solo song, "I Don't Care Anymore." I always wanted to put that on my voicemail for work, but I guess they'd probably frown on that :lol:

    I know, totally off topic. But then, I don't care anymore so :rofl:
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