Leonard Nimoy, one of my heroes from childhood, is dead. The roles he played as an actor were formative to not only myself, but millions. At the beginning of the 21st Century, there were two notable characters known around the world. One, of course, was Shirley Temple. The other was Leonard Nimoy – or rather his other persona – Spock.
The array of his interests outside of acting revealed a complex – yet simple – personality. Someone with whom long and interesting chats could have been had. But I did not know him, the man. In many ways, I did know him, the person.
A few days before his death, he tweeted a last message to fans:
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP 1:36 AM – 23 Feb 2015
LLAP. Live Long and Prosper. Last words from someone who, in his last words, tried to make his passing easy on others. And perhaps it is. But he will be sorely missed.
Not long ago here in Otherwhere Gazette we looked at the impact of Star Trek, pros and cons. Undoubtedly one of the pros were the characters who were imagined, and those who acted to bring them to live. We can only judge the actor by the character they created. And this character lives on.
Gently, my friend, slip into the night
And let your sleep be peaceful.
You will be remembered, and missed
and in that remembrance, renewed.
Live long . . . and prosper!