Out of all the souls I have met in my travels… his was the most… human
by Jason Koenigsberg
We lost an icon today. Leonard Nimoy, the man most famous for playing Spock on Star Trek passed away today at age 83. As well as being an actor most well known for playing the most famous and logical vulcan, Mr. Nimoy was also a director of films like Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, probably the most beloved Trek movie by non-trekkies, and the 1987 hit comedy Three Men and a Baby. He was also an author who published books of poetry, photography, biographies, hosted various documentaries, supported sciences that were involved with advancing science and human exploration of the final frontier. On top of all of this Nimoy and was a musician/recording artist.
He will without a doubt live forever as the pointy eared Vulcan Spock which he played on various Star Trek television programs and films on and off for over fifty years. It was a character he both loved and hated since it was the role he would never escape his entire career, yet the one that brought him the most success and money as well as love and adoration from fans around the world.
There is no denying that Nimoy has left a mark in science fiction that will continue to live long and prosper for generations to come. His legacy is one that will always promote Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek vision of a utopian society where mankind will strive to work together to achieve greatness by furthering their successes not for profit but for science and exploration that can benefit all of humanity. He will be greatly missed.
Here is one of my favorite memories of Leonard Nimoy spoofing his image.
and another one…
and one more just for fun. I will miss these moments as much as I will his great performance in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, without a doubt still the greatest of all the Star Trek films and one of the best sequels and science fiction movies of all time.