Montrealers on the Starship Enterprise

In celebration of the release of the new Star Trek film this week, I will risk the ire of Lacuna Cabal members everywhere by simply acknowledging it.

And, further, explaining that the character of Coby, inventor of the fitzbot, was initially described as sounding just like James T. Kirk by virtue of the fact that he hailed from the same neighbourhood in Montreal as William Shatner. Yes, it's true.

Coby's bookplate

But I scuttled the idea in the end because I didn't want people to think that the entire Montreal English speaking community -- its poets and musicians and poets and musicians -- spoke like Captain Kirk. Because it just isn't true.

Coby does though, a little bit, sometimes.

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