Friday, February 27, 2015

LEONARD NIMOY - SCIFI ICON

THE MIRACLE IS THIS:
the more we share 

the more we have.
-Leonard Nimoy

Most people don't realize this, but 'Star Trek' was not at all popular when it originally premiered in 1966. In fact, it was quickly cancelled after just three seasons. Thankfully, 'Star Trek' developed a cult following and the rest is history. Despite its campiness, 'Star Trek' has brought us wondrous tales of beyond the stars and has inspired countless copycats. But perhaps one of 'Star Trek's biggest gifts was Leonard Nimoy.


Best known for his role as Spock in the original series and films, Nimoy set the stage as 'Star Trek's stoic and logical Vulcan. There's something to be said about being first. The people who go first set the tone for future generations. Everyone who comes after Nimoy has taken inspiration from him. Yes, Kirk (William Shatner) was the star of the show, but Spock was and has always been 'Star Trek's beating heart. Nimoy's nuanced acting and glint in his eye made 'Star Trek' the franchise it would eventually become.

Nimoy was also an accomplished director, directing 'Star Trek: The Search for Spock,' 'Star Trek: The Voyage Home,' and of all things...'Three Men and a Baby.' However, what I will remember most about Nimoy is his appearances at fan conventions. And let me tell after nearly 50 years of 'Star Trek,' Nimoy has attended a lot of conventions. If you watch 'Galaxy Quest,' you can imagine what Nimoy and the rest of the 'Star Trek' cast has gone through.

Yet what always amazed me about Nimoy is that despite the number of fan conventions he attended or after decades of being accosted and harangued for autographs by trekkies and trekkers, Nimoy was still kind and gracious to his fans.  I cannot say the same for other actors at science fiction conventions--who will remain nameless. Nimoy was a class act and a fan favorite. So to that end, may God rest his soul and godspeed to Leonard Nimoy, scifi icon. [March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015]

12 comments:

  1. Well said. We've lost an amazing icon. He did so many things, although he will always be known to the world as Mr. Spock.

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    1. So true. He was awesome. Loved him at fan conventions. He was genuinely a nice person.

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  2. He is and always be a friend that I will never have the pleasure of meeting... though will have his body of work. The whole universe lost a friend, thank you for your thoughts... LLAP!

    Jeremy

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    1. Yes, he was fantastic. I keep finding all of these wonderful articles about him. He was such a classy guy.

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  3. This hit me pretty hard because my first iconic character adoration as a kid was Spock. I dressed up as him for show and tell at school and pretty much LOVED this character so much. Such a sweet ode to the man that was Nimoy...total class act!

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    1. He was such a lovely man. Always very nice in person.

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  4. We lost a national treasure in Nimoy . Like you said, it's not just we lost Spock but we lost a man who was skilled gracias and kind. I read once that he had a contract that he didn't own his signature so he could only sign things they approved or he would have been sued. Still, he was always generous with his time and autographs. A great man.

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    1. Wow, he didn't own his signature? That's something. You always know so many wonderful factooids!

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  5. He will be missed. He brought a dignity and gravitas to each role.

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    1. Yes, dignity and gravitas are both words I would use to describe him. No wonder your'e the poet!

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  6. Just wanted to stop by and say hey!

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    1. HI there! Thanks for stopping by. Will visit your blog soon. Thanks for thinking of me.

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