I mourn the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who brought depth and integrity to the role of Mr. Spock in the classic Star Trek series and films.
I grew up on Star Trek reruns. The show helped me formulate ideas about writing, as well as life. It was an enthusiasm I passed on to my kids.
No wonder I became the Proud Mom of a Starfleet Cadet and that so many of our parties…
…and family fun has been inspired by Star Trek.
Leonard Nimoy co-wrote and directed Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home, which was my favorite of all the Star Trek movies. His vision for the story was to have “no dying, no fighting, no shooting, no photon torpedoes, no phaser blasts, no stereotypical bad guy.” It was funny and quirky, and didn’t take itself too seriously, yet its message was important– advocating protection and conservation of our world and its creatures.
There was much more to the man than Star Trek or Mr. Spock. He was the son of Ukrainian Jews, he spoke and wrote Yiddish, was a photographer, a poet, and a man of principle.
According to NPR, when he found out that Nichelle Nichols wasn’t being paid as much as the other actors on the show, he protested on her behalf. When he found out that she and George Takei were to be excluded from the animated series, again he went to bat for them and they were hired on for that series.
His last message to his fans was very appropriate, wise, even logical: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
He lived long and prospered, but he also lived well.
And we will never forget him.
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