Goodbye Mr. Spock, aka Leonard Nimoy. The New York Times sez,
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.
So many of us baby boomers grew up in the Star Trek years. We watched the TV shows and the movies. We talked about the political and social meanings of some of the shows. Nimoy’s creation of the Live Long and Prosper greeting, now an iconic attribute of the show, was “fascinating”.
There are so many good videos from our man Spock on YouTube, et. Al. One of my favorites was done in this decade and just makes me laugh was the Lazy Song.
Suzy and I were lucky enough to see Vincent. Leonard Nimoy stared in this critically lauded one-man performance that revealed Vincent van Gogh as few knew him. Based on more than 500 letters exchanged between van Gogh and his brother Theo, the play examines the passion and torment of the extraordinary artist’s life and death as seen through his brother’s eyes. As van Gogh’s paintings are projected in the background, Nimoy becomes both Theo van Gogh and Vincent in this compelling, touching portrayal. It was a stunningly moving play.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Nimoy did a number of poorly received music performances. I remember his song about the Hobbits. That said I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Star Trek portrayal of Spock’s Death. “Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most … human.” ~ Captain Kirk. It is hard to watch right now without getting emotional. Live Long and Prosper.