It's said that many of today's scientists were inspired by Star Trek to enter their chosen fields. The featured speaker at Saturday night's dinner honoring Mr. Doohan probably wasn't one of them. In fact, his greatest achievement came about 6 weeks after the original Trek's last episode aired. On July 20, 1969, he became the first human to walk on the Moon.
Yes, the chief engineer of the fictional Starships Enterprise was toasted by Neil Armstrong -- who, as I understand it, doesn't come out for just anybody.
Very cool. Very, very cool indeed.