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In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy

Crossposted on A Writing Corner.

It is with the most heartbreak that millions of us have learned that Leonard Nimoy has died at the age of 83.

The advantage of having older brothers who were a full decade older than you is that instead of the traditional sibling rivalry which obtains, they acted more like surrogate parents. My oldest brother, Tony, was and is a Trekkie. And as I became old enough (around 7 or 8), he introduced me to the wonders of Star Trek. This was in the days before reality shows, non-stop talk shows, non-stop courtroom shows. Independent stations had slim pickings for what to broadcast, so they broadcast old TV series. And I can honestly say that I think I never missed an episode of Star Trek when it was broadcast in syndication.

Growing up in el barrio of Washington Heights, Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk, Bones, Uhura, and the rest of them opened up a universe of imagination for me. My circumstances may have been somewhat constrained, by my mind soared at warp speed. And Mr. Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock was a master class in acting. Being half-human, you could always see the tight control that Spock placed on his human emotions. And when they broke out, Mr. Nimoy portrayed them in such glory that it wasn’t hard to wish that Spock would give in to his human side and abandon the logic of the Vulcans. And even though Spock was supposed to be coldly rational, Mr. Nimoy presented Spock as a being in love with the Universe, enraptured by all its wonders.

His In Search Of… was also seminal viewing for me. Every week I’d be treated to some mystery of human history and culture. That too opened a world of possibilities for me, and drove me to read and learn more about this spaceship Earth. Without Leonard Nimoy, my childhood would have been much the poorer, and I wouldn’t be the man I am today.

Leonard Nimoy was a humanist in the best sense of that term. He was a lover of humanity, a believer in its better instincts, and one who had great hopes for it. Great souls like Leonard Nimoy are rare, and must be appreciated all the more when they grace us with their presence. He wrote, he acted, he directed, he sang. And he kept faith in humanity. What more can one ask of a life?

I leave you with a tweet which encapsulates the man. Rest in peace. I have always been, and always will be, your friend.


137 Responses to “In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy”


  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    RIP.

  2. 3 Allison
    February 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    GA All, Thanks, LL for the post!

  3. 5 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Things are getting crazier by the minute at CPAC!

    • 6 No Child Left Behind
      February 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      And he is right about that. If only they would pay for the consequences!!?!!

      • 7 0388jojothecat
        February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

        Too late head loon. This is what they think of YOUR state who has been hit by terrorist more than once.

      • February 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

        Those racists Republicans hate President Obama so much they are willing to put this country they claim to love so much in danger. If they had to choose between ISIS and President Obama they would choose ISIS. That’s how sick racists they are.

    • 9 0388jojothecat
      February 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Then the GOP is accountable for senseless murders everyday due to being the NRA lacky, for not allowing gun control and the proliferation of guns that kill innocent men, women and children.

  4. 10 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    LL, thanks for this Post.
    This get to me…….

  5. 12 amk for obama
    February 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    love that guns tweet.

  6. 13 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    The NYT is paying serious tribute to Leonard Nimoy…….Just Beautiful

    • 14 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE LL………………TO ME ALSO HE HAS NEARLY HIS DOUBLE…ALSO AN ACTOR…PETER COYOTE…LOVE THEM BOTH!

  7. 15 yardarm756
    February 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    \\ //_ .

  8. 17 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

  9. 18 amk for obama
    February 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    #cpac

    gunnite folks

  10. February 27, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Rest in peace. It is hard to believe he was 83 years old. Where does the time go?

  11. February 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    As someone who watched Star Trek when it first came on, then in the reruns and on, he was one of my favorite characters. His other roles, and his skill as a director were also memorable. It’s a sad day, but he lived a full life and left many happy memories. RIP.

    • 22 mtmarilyn
      February 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      I am also one of those who saw the first episode and fell in love. I wanted to go where no one had gone before. It has been such a part of my life. He will be missed.

  12. 23 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Meanwhile…

  13. 24 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Strong words over there….

    • 25 0388jojothecat
      February 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      WOW. This was back in Nov 2014 when TedBundyCruz made that stupid statement on his FB page. Many Rethugs and NOT ONE comment supported McCarthy-Cruz. One comment stated that if all these Rethugs could see through his Net Neutrality statement was due to the money he got from Comcast, why can’t they see through his other bought and paid for opinions and votes. Many said they would not vote for him but I don’t believe it. As long as what THEY want is preserved they will vote for him again.

  14. February 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks LL for the wonderful tribute to a cultural icon and human rights advocate. May he RIP.

  15. 27 JER
    February 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

  16. February 27, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks a million for this LL, a beautiful tribute.

  17. 30 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    BBL…GOTTA’ MIX SOME HOMELESS FOOD FOR SATURDAY…:)

  18. 32 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    • 33 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      I’LL NEVER FORGET HIM SAYING…”I LIKE TO KILL THINGS”…WHAT AN EXAMPLE FOR GENERATIONS TODAY!…COWPIE W/ A HEADBAND….SUE’S FASHION STATEMENT FOR THE DUCK DORKS!

  19. 34 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  20. 35 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:46 pm

  21. 36 GGail
    February 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    This is surprising news! Thanks LL, this is a beautiful tribute.

    I remember watching Star Trek in the beginning with my older sister. We had a black n white television and had to keep the volume low because our parents were sleep and had to get up early for work. We would scoot up close to the television so we could hear. Then I loved Leonard’s photos – so creative.

    Thank you Leonard Nimoy for bringing us Mr. Spock and so much more. Go now, you’ve earned your wings.

  22. 37 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    It’s not to a ridiculously new level. It is to Rick Perry’s level.

    • 38 GGail
      February 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      You know you’ve really pissed someone off, when they resort to ridiculous statements and comments. Dick Perry is hilarious.

      Why do we acknowledge these idiots?

    • February 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      To their stupid racists base the only policies the Republicans have to have is HATE that black guy Obama.

      • February 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        Someone could step before them and tell them how they would solve problems facing America, put people back to work, cut the debt, fight ISIS, and the only thing those racists folks would want to heard is hatred comments about President Obama.

    • 41 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      HE’S STILL TRYING TO READ THE YELLOW PAGES!

  23. 42 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  24. 43 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

  25. 46 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  26. 47 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 1:59 pm

  27. 49 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm

  28. 50 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:07 pm

  29. 52 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Entering the village to this ‘in memoriam’ reminded me of my favourite epitaph ‘While he was alive, he lived’. Mr. Nimoy has certainly made an impact on lives unnumbered! RIP

  30. 75 Linda
    February 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    The House of Representatives is currently in recess subject to call back from Speaker Boehner.

    • 76 Linda
      February 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      oh… they just came back.

      They will now vote on going to ” conference ” Then the will vote on the 3 week extension.

      Nancy Pelosi also just said she has no intention of going to conference.

  31. 77 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    2-27-15
    WH presser: LIVE
    Already in progress…..with Josh “The Voice” Earnest

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/press-briefing-press-secretary-josh-earnest-66

  32. 78 arapaho415
    February 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Like MTMarilyn, I was a trekker from the first episode.

    Really believed that if we survived the A-bomb threat that entertainment in my adult life would be as International as the Starship Enterprise was — just seemed logical to me. Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. 😦

    • 79 Nena20409
      February 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Wow…..awesome.

    • 80 mtmarilyn
      February 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Oh Arapaho415, I had forgotten about that episode. I also loved Man from Uncle. I will have to go and search for it. At this stage in our lives nostalgia reigns. Thanks for the reminders.

      Have a beautiful day. The best is knowing Obama is still President and his wonderful family is still in the White House!

  33. 82 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Hi guys! I figured it was coming soon. Did realized how hard it would hit me! 😦

    Trying to pull myself together!

  34. 86 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

  35. 88 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

  36. 89 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

  37. 90 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

  38. 91 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

  39. 92 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  40. 97 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I don’t know if I love politics. But I sure enjoy watching the GOP, or what’s left of it, descend into the Hades.

  41. 98 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

  42. 99 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    As TSMS would say: Now A Warning?

  43. 100 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:40 pm

  44. 101 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  45. 102 Dudette
    February 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  46. 103 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  47. 104 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

  48. 106 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  49. 109 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  50. 110 Judith Fardig
    February 27, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    LL, thank you for this tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Dudette and others like you who were true Trekkies for years know his spirit will live on. #LLAP

  51. 111 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  52. 112 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Sweet.

  53. 113 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks ABC for this Tribute to Mr. Spock.

  54. 115 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  55. 116 JER
    February 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  56. 120 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

  57. 121 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  58. 123 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Finally, one that doesn’t have to put up with the crazies…

  59. 126 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Karma is terrible… and always timely.

  60. 127 No Child Left Behind
    February 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm

  61. 129 Diane
    February 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    RIP It is a very sad day, A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy : http://dgarr07.wix.com/leonardnimoytribute

  62. 130 lockewasright
    February 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Spock was the reason that I became such a fan of the rational and eventually earned a science degree. His influence on my young mind can’t be overstated. I actually wished several times for him to succeed in subjugating his human, emotional side in favor of the more intelligent, more logical side of his mind. I saw it as superior and invaluable in solving problems when others couldn’t think because their emotions got in the way. The character helped to make me who I am.

    One of my very earliest memories is of my older brother (he’s got three years on me and today is his 8 year sobriety anniversary) and I fighting with each other as we played Star Trek. Both of us wanted to be Spock. I remember that we had an 8-track cassette of Don McLean’s American Pie and we were pretending that it was our tricorder. My dad took it from us and tried to settle us down by telling us that one of us could be Kirk and if we were then we would be the boss. We weren’t having it.

    I’m bummed today.

  63. 133 Ceb
    February 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I know most have gone on to the next thread, but I wanted to add a note here as part of our memorial for Leonard Nimoy. I have been a life-long Star Trek fan from the days when the ground-breaking first appeared on t v in the late 60’s to the present day (in fact Inwas watching reruns of STNG just before I came online). Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of Mr. Spock helped me to get through my difficult adolescent years. You see, I was very sensitive, easily hurt, and living in an environment where I was often fearful. I tried hard to emulate Mr. Spock’s emotional control and logic to appear strong and unaffected by the yelling, the threats, the physical fear, and the emotional put downs. I did manage not to cry in front of my tormentor and to present a facade of strength to others. My motto was “fake it until you can make it” and after long years I almost grew into the person that I wanted to be. Leonard Nimoy’s character gave me something to hold onto when I so needed a lifeline and I will be forever grateful.

    I also enjoyed watching him portray Paris on a few seasons of the original Mission Impossible.

    Rest in Peace, Mr. Nimoy.

  64. 134 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm

  65. 135 Nena20409
    February 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm

  66. February 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I loved Spock and respected Mr. Nimoy.

  67. 137 sjterrid
    February 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    RIP. Leonard Nimoy! Thank you for all the contributions you have made with your acting, directing, poetry, and most of all your compassion.


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