Dr. Samuel "Sam"
P.O. Box 555
New Mexico 87501-4893
Driver's License No: 5738457
DOD Umbra #004-002-02-016
Sam is a quantum physicist. He works at a
secret government base about 30 miles
outside of Destiny County, New Mexico.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Elk Ridge,
Indiana, Sam was accepted to the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology at the age of 15. He has
doctorates in music, medicine, quantum physics,
and ancient languages [he can read Egyptian
hieroglyphics] and is well versed in several
kinds of martial arts [but he's been afraid of
heights since he was 9 years old]. A winner of
the Noble Prize, Time magazine called Sam “the
Sam was hired to manage a classified time travel project
known as “Quantum Leap.” It cost $43 billion to
develop with an additional $2.4 billion in
operating funds. Unfortunately, the government
grew impatient and wanted to see results for
their investment. Forced to prove his theories
of time travel or lose his funding, Dr. Beckett
entered a not yet fully operational time machine
and vanished. Suddenly, Sam found himself transported some
thirty years in the past occupying the bodies of
Apparently, the time travel experiment beamed his
essence (soul?) rather than his full body and
forced him to assume the identities and problems
If Sam looked into a mirror he could
only see the image of the body he occupied.
Homing in on Dr. Beckett's brain-wave
transmissions, the Quantum Leap parallel hybrid
project computer - known as Ziggy - monitored Sam's
To keep in touch with Sam, Ziggy transmitted a
hologram image from the project's Imaging and
Accelerator Chambers [that only Sam, small
children and animals could see]. The hologram
took the image of a lecherous but likable
cigar-smoking Admiral Al Calavicci who observed
To communicate with Ziggy, Al [“the Observer”]
used a portable hand held calculator-like
device. It delivered pertinent biographical
information about the person's body that Dr.
Beckett currently occupied.
During his travels, Sam had occupied the bodies
of a Mafia hit man, Lee Harvey Oswald, a young
and upcoming Elvis Presley and himself (Sam) as
Dr. Sam Beckett in a few of his many assumed identities
When Sam had set things right in one person's
life, he involuntarily leaped through time to
another body. Who or what was controlling his
leaping was never fully identified. The only
side effect to the transference was Sam's
partial lose of memory. Upon arriving in his
next body, Sam said “Oh Boy!” because he never
quite knew what to expect [a man, woman, or
animal?]. The worst part of the transfer was
taking on the responsibilities and talents of
his host. Try popping into a trapeze artist's
body while in mid-swing above the big top. Now
Sam’s first "leap" took him to September 13,
1956 where he occupied body of Tom Stratton, an
Air Force Pilot who happened to be flying the
X-2 plane. In his travels in time Sam was able
to save his Navy Seal older brother Tom from
dying in Vietnam on April 8, 1970. Sam's other
family members included his sister Katherine
(“Katie”) [born during a flood in 1957] who left
her abusive alcoholic first husband Chuck and
now lives happily in Hawaii with Navy Lt. Jim
Bonnick and his mother Thelma Louise Beckett.
Unfortunately Sam's father died of a heart
attack in 1974 and all the leaping in the world
couldn't save him. Sam's wife was Dr. Donna Alessi.
TRIVIA NOTE: In the final scene of
the finale episode, aired May 5th, 1993, a
printed message appeared on the TV screen. It
read: DR. SAMUEL BECKETT NEVER RETURNED HOME.
Some Quantum Quotes
Dr. Sam Beckett: "It all started when a time
travel experiment I was conducting went...a
little ka-ka. In the blink of a cosmic clock I
went from quantum physicist to air force test
pilot. Which could have been fun...if I knew how
to fly. Fortunately, I had help. An observer
from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al's a
hologram, so all he can lend is moral support.
Anyway, here I am. Bouncing around in time,
putting things right which once went wrong. A
sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as
my Tonto. And I don't even need a mask. Oh boy."
Sam: Who are you?
Al: My name is Albert...Albert what, I
can't tell you because it's restricted. Most of
what you'll want to know is restricted, so it
would be a lot easier if you don't ask a lot of
Sam: What are you?
Al: That's a question, Sam.
Sam: Leaping about in time, I've found
that there are some things in life that I can't
change, and there are some things that I can. To
save a life, to change a heart, to make the
right choice. I guess that's what life's about.
Al: Oh, well, almost all animals can see me.
But you know, there must be something weird lookin'
about me, because I seem to intimidate them.
Sam: Maybe it's your clothes.
Al: Ziggy had a new data search component
installed and we had to have it shipped in from
Hong Kong and I think that gave a little jet-lag
to the modem of the floppy disk.
Sam: Why do you make this stuff up all
the time? Why don't you just say to me, 'Sam, we
don't know.' Why don't you just do that for
once, instead of making it up all the time?
Al: Well, that wouldn't be any fun.
the fall of 2001, Scott Bakula leaped into the
role of Captain Jonathan Archer, the starship
commander of the first Earth spacecraft to begin
deep space exploration on the Star Trek science
fiction series ENTERPRISE that aired on the now
defunct UPN television network.
Beckett & John Beckett
Admiral Albert 'Al' Calavicci;
and the voice of
Ziggy the computer
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