-Leonard NimoyMost 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]