James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty on the original Star Trek series, died Wednesday of complications related to pneumonia. He was 85. I think it's safe to say that the chief engineer on the Enterprise was an iconic figure to a pretty good portion of our profession. I know for my part I quite often employ his trick of multiplying all my estimates by four. It's funny, but even when you tell people this is what you're doing, you still look good when you finish in half the time you said it would take you.
Hats off to Mr. Doohan for helping to create such an unforgettable character.