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`STAR Trek' actor not bothered by association with role

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Some actors may resent being always associated with a particular role, but James Doohan doesn't seem bothered by it.

``Beam me up, Scotty!' That's what the fans always shout at me,'' Doohan said as he signed autographs and posed for pictures Saturday at the Trek Expo 2001 in Tulsa.

``I don't mind at all,'' he said with a smile. ``That phrase is what I'll forever be identified with. They also like `We need more power!'''

Thousands of fans in search of science fiction collectibles and a chance to meet their favorite stars like Doohan stood in line for autographs.

Among them were Tulsans Sean and Diana Henry. Diana Henry was hoping to add Doohan's signature to a Star Trek china plate already filled with the signatures of cast members William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and George Takei from previous events.

Although the Henrys divorced 14 years ago, they still attend the Trek Expos together.

``Sean is just the best person to come to one of these things with because he's like a kid in a candy store,'' Diana Henry said. ``We've stayed friends because we have a lot of things in common, like this.''

Instead of autographs, Tulsan Brooks Powers found a bit of notoriety. People gathered around the 17-year-old for a look at his homemade Borg (part human, part robot) costume.

``I made the face out of an old `Phantom of the Opera' mask,'' Power said. ``I just glued on some old toy and VCR parts and wired in some lights. People keep coming up to me wanting to take pictures, which I think is cool. It's like I'm a celebrity.''

For those who are celebrities, autographs weren't the only thing fans sought.

Actor Kevin Sorbo, formerly of TV's ``Hercules: The Legendary Journeys'' and now starring in ``Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda,'' said female fans ask him to take off his shirt.

``I don't, usually,'' Sorbo said.

Adam West, star of the ``Batman'' TV series from the 1960s, said people ask him to do the ``Bat dance.''

``I can, too,'' he said. ``I've still got it in me.''

For the fans who didn't get enough on Saturday, Trek Expo 2001 wrapped up Sunday with actor Avery Brooks, formerly Capt. Benjamin Sisko of ``Deep Space 9.''
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