Star Trek launched the imagination of millions of geeks everywhere. But it was Leonard Nimoy’s turn as Spock that ignited my passion for the Star Trek universe and science fiction in general. My brother was always a Kirk fan. I thought he was too flashy. Perhaps it was a simple difference in acting style – Shatner with his over-the-top acting and enunciation and Nimoy with his calm, serious tone. His voice was music to my ears, every word deliberate and worthy of attention. Even now it is hard for me to separate the actor from the character. I feel like there is more Leonard in Spock than the other way around.
Today, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” will be on repeat at The Magic Castle (otherwise known as Geek Squad HQ). An actor, director, writer and all-around great guy, he was a force to be reckoned with.
I would be sad, but I know he would find that “Highly Illogical”. I therefore plan to live long and prosper, and I know Leonard would not have it any other way. The universe is unfolding, just as it should.
There is a good interview with Nimoy on NPR’s Science Friday website.
I leave you with Leonard’s parting words on Twitter:
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
Farewell, Leonard. Farewell, Spock.