Friday, February 27, 2015

The Passing of Leonard Nimoy: Like Losing a Dear Old Friend

I could have titled this something along the lines of "Live Long & Prosper...in the Afterlife, Old Friend," and to lay all my cards on the table, I almost did. But then I felt it a bit too flippant. But apparently not flippant enough to discard completely (and/or use it as a Facebook status update earlier today. But I really do mean the statement. Whatever afterlife is out there, and I am not about to take a stab at what it may be, I wish Leonard Nimoy all the joy within said afterlife. And I will miss the man greatly. Indeed I will. I am not all that talented at writing obituraries, or whatever the following ends up being, but I'm having a go at it anyway.

Nimoy had been sick recently, and he was 83, so his death does not come as a complete surprise (supposedly we all gotta die someday - it's only logical), but it was still jarring when I first read the news today, oh boy. Not since Roger Ebert died two years ago, have I been hit so hard by the death of a celebrity. Not even when Lauren Bacall died last year. In the case of Mr. Ebert, he was actually somebody I had corresponded with a few times via e-mail and what not, so in some teeny tiny way, he was an actual part of my life. Mr. Nimoy though was someone I had never spoken with in any manner. I've met both Nichelle Nichols and the late James Doohan at Trek conventions, but alas, Leonard Nimoy is someone whom I will never meet - at least not in this world. But still, he has touched my life, like I am sure he has touched many lives throughout the years.

Yeah, I'm a Star Trek nerd. Be it a Trekkie or a Trekker (whichever you decide to call yourself) and the show was a huge part of my childhood. Granted, it left the air before I even turned two, but when it hit syndication in the 1970's, I was hooked. Then came the movies, and the sequels, and the spin-offfs, and everything else. And through it all, though I loved Kirk and Scotty and Sulu, and Uhura and Chekov and especially Bones, it was Mr. Spock who fascinated me the most. Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the enigmatic Vulcan/Human Science Officer, from the Original NBC series to the movies to his guest spots on the TV sequels, all the way to his role as Spock Prime in J.J. Abrams' reboot, is easily one of my favourites of all-time. Sure, Nimoy did many other things in his career, and appeared in other films and TV shows, even hosting the great In Search Of program, and he was also an accomplished artist and photographer (and yes, a musician too), but he will always be Spock in our minds. Maybe we were never friends, or even acquaintances, but I have always thought of you as such. To quote Spock, at the end of Wrath of Khan, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."


6 comments:

  1. It was a shock to hear of his passing because he always seemed so fit-not overweight and all that. I saw him on TV last June and I was surprised at how visibly ill he looked. I heard him say he was the gold medal champion in smoking and could smoke while taking a shower. He must have been a 3-4 pack a day smoker in his day like so many other greats (John Wayne, Bogie). I think we all thought he would go on forever and live as long as Spock could. I would never want to hear him sing again but I am glad he finally decided to embrace Spock. I shall write it... Live Long and Prosper

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    1. Nimoy will go on forever. Death didn't stop him in Wrath of Khan, and it won't stop him now.

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    1. Thanx. I never know what to write about when someone great dies. I don't want to sound too fawning about the guy, but it's kinda hard when it's Spock.

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  3. I wasn't aware he'd been ill so I was shocked and saddened by his passing. Nice write-up.

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    1. Thank you. I'll check out your story. See ya 'round the web.

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