Liam Boothby was a male Human, born in the Martian Colonies in 2263, who was employed as the groundskeeper of Starfleet Academy throughout the 24th century. (SCE eBook: Aftermath; TNG episode: "The First Duty"; ST video game: Star Trek Online)
Prior to him becoming the Academy's groundskeeper, Boothby's father held that position. As a young man Boothby helped his father maintain the grounds of the Academy. In the early 2280s he met a young Demora Sulu when her father Hikaru Sulu brought her on a visit to the Academy, where he was working as an instructor. Boothby told the younger Sulu that he would someday take over for his father after he retired. (TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter)
Boothby would later become the groundskeeper. During his time at the Academy he saw many promising cadets go through the Academy, and would often be sought for help and advice. Among the many cadets he met were Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, Alynna Nechayev, Chakotay, and Arla Rees. (TNG episode: "The First Duty"; VOY episodes: "In the Flesh", "The Fight"; TNG - The Space Between comic: "An Inconvenient Truth"; DS9 - Millennium novel: The Fall of Terok Nor)
In 2370 Captain Picard approached Boothby to ask him his opinion on Admiral Nechayev, suspicious of whether she could be trusted while he was investigating a conspiracy within Starfleet. Boothby told Picard about the young Nechayev, but was not sure about her trustworthiness. He also told Picard about whispered rumours he had heard of "people inside Starfleet, a secret group that fights dirty to keep the Federation clean". (TNG - The Space Between comic: "An Inconvenient Truth")
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Boothby's Martian heritage was likely a reference to Ray Walston's well-known performance on the sci-fi comedy My Favorite Martian.
Appearances and references
- TOS novel: The Captain's Daughter
- ST - The Lost Era novel: Deny Thy Father
- ST - The Lost Era novel: Catalyst of Sorrows
- TNG episode: "The First Duty"
- TNG comic: "An Inconvenient Truth"
- SA comic: "Prime Directives"
- DS9 short story: "The Bottom Line"
- DS9 short story: "Best Tools Available"
- VOY episode: "In the Flesh"
- VOY episode: "The Fight"