Some months ago I purchased the Audible.com deal of the day for only $5. As a Trekkie, and huge fan of Leonard Nimoy, I took quick action when I saw that it was his memoir, “I Am Spock”. For the longest time it sat in my listening queue and I had every intention of listening to it. But as life got in the way, it just sat there. Unheard. Then when I heard the horrible news of his passing I remembered I had it and decided to listen to it partly to honor Nimoy, but also to help fill the Spock shaped hole in my heart.
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)
I don’t remember the first episode of Star Trek I watched. I was pretty much born into a family of Trekkies and Trek has always been a part of my life. But some of my earliest memories of Star Trek are of Leonard Nimoy’s Spock. Even at a young age I gravitated to his logical personality and Spock has always been one of my favorite Trek characters. I grew up admiring him and trying to live my life in a logical way that would make Spock proud.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized Leonard Nimoy was so much more than Spock. I was honored to see some panels Mr. Nimoy put on at a few cons over the years. Though he was speaking to thousands of people, he always gave a presentation that was both personal and heart-warming. He was kind enough to show family photos and some of his own personal photography. It was clear to me that not only was Mr. Nimoy one of the nicest guys in show business, but he was just a nice person period.
When I heard the news of his passing, my heart sank. Initially was I was speechless and it took me a few hours to even come up any words that could begin to convey the sadness I feel. The world has lost a great actor, writer, photographer but most of all a great human being. Though the loss of such a great icon seems illogical, take comfort in these words from Spock himself:
“Every life comes to an end when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.”
Certainly Leonard Nimoy’s life was not wasted and I know he will continue to inspire people for generations to come.
Live long and prosper and hugs to all of my fellow Trekkies!