Today is a very, very, very sad day for all nerds, geeks, dorks, dweebs, spaz’, et cetera.
Leonard Nimoy has passed away.
You likely know who he is, who among us doesn’t? If you don’t, well,
I don’t believe you. I mean, Mr. Spock has been a household name for half a century. If it weren’t for Star Trek, odds are, we wouldn’t be what/who we are today. It changed everything. Thing is, if it weren’t for Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of a certain Vulcan science officer, it might not have.
By today’s standards, his character is so thoroughly entrenched in our collective consciousness, that we don’t think much of it, but when Star Trek premiered, he was just that right hint of alien that people went nuts over him and it could be said that it was the inclusion of his character alone that really “sealed the deal” for most fans of the series. Star Trek started the fan cons, started the dramatic Sci-Fi tv series, started the crazed interest in science and space. So much of today’s technology can be said to have started as a young scientists interest in Trek, and by and large, we all Grok‘d Spock.
There’s so much more to be said about him. His love and promotion of JRR Tolkien’s novels, including the infamous Ballad of Bilbo Baggins could be cited as the spark that started the fire in our cultures love for all things “Shire”. His passion for the characters he portrayed was palpable.
He was in the original Mission: Impossible, Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, among SO MANY other classic TV series. I LOVED a series he narrated back in the late 70s/early 80s called In Search Of… which was a collection of mini-documentaries on the strange and unexplained phenomena of the world.
The man is a legend. As long as we, the human race, are around, I doubt he’ll ever be forgotten. In one way or another, he has inpried us all.
He has lived long. He has prospered.