It is with a heavy heart full of illogical human emotion that I absorb and reflect upon the passing today of Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy.
to the philosophy of his half-human, half-Vulcan alter ego Spock,
Nimoy lived long and prospered for 83 amazing years.
he was an accomplished and versatile actor, writer, director, and
producer both on and off Star Trek – in addition to
releasing music, poetry, and photography – he will forever be
synonymous with Spock, whom he portrayed in the original Star Trek
television series (1966-1969), the animated series (1973-1975), two
episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1991), and eight
feature films (1979-1991, 2009, 2013).
was born four years after the original TV show ended, so I couldn’t
enjoy it during its initial broadcast run, and I was too young to be
aware of and comprehend the animated series. But starting when I was
nine years old and beginning with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
in 1982 (I missed Star Trek: The Motion Picture in theaters in
1979), my family had a blast going to the cinema to watch the new
adventures of the original cast on the big screen every two or three
years. Even though these actors’ exploits had begun seven years
before I arrived on the scene, their continuing treks sustained me
from grammar school through college.
real highlight and thrill for me happened when, in 1997, I had the
privilege and honor of interviewing Nimoy by telephone. At the time,
he and John de Lancie (Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation and
other Star Trek shows) were staging radio plays in the spirit
of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre (famous for the infamous, mass
hysteria-inducing War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938).
The office I conducted the interview from was right next to the movie
theater where my family saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,
featuring Nimoy and his original costars, 15 years earlier.
the new Kirk and Spock Star Trek movies are the best Star
Trek movies since the original Kirk and Spock movies and continue
a great tradition and legacy, they can never recapture or replace the
magic of the original cast, a magic that briefly resurfaced when
Nimoy returned to his classic role of Spock twice more in the latest
was so much more than Spock and Star Trek, but we all love and
will miss him because of Spock and Star Trek. To paraphrase
one of Nimoy’s popular sayings as Spock from the earlier movies, he
has been and always shall be our friend. And to quote Dr. McCoy from
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, “He’s really not dead as
long as we remember him.”
Leonard Nimoy’s katra live long and prosper, as Nimoy himself
certainly did in this life.