I feel a strange sense of loss. Leonard Nimoy went to that Undiscovered Country earlier today after a short stint in the hospital. I knew he had been admitted to the hospital and was monitoring the internet for an update, but this isn’t the one I wanted to hear. While I didn’t know him personally, having seen him at several conventions and on screen, I still feel like I knew him. Weird right?
I’ve been a Trek fan for over 15 years, having been introduced to the world by my beloved P when we first met. Now having seen all of the shows in the series (including the animated series), movies, and having been to several Cons in Vegas and Seattle, I could probably compete in a Trek Trivia contest with the best of them.
I have two fond memories of Spock on stage at big Star Trek Convention in Vegas August. The first was in 2010 when he was joined on stage by William Shatner for a rather curious and contentious talk with the crowd. They bantered sometimes wickedly at each other. The ended the presentation with hugs and photo ops for all to revel in.
The next year Mr. Nimoy was on stage solo, and rather than the normal crowd banter the stars have with the crowd he stood on stage in his infamous LLAP shirt and said he was going to shake things up again. This, he announced, would be his last convention appearance, and to thank the fans (about 8,000 in the room) he wanted to share his life experience that was made possible in part due to the fans in the room. He then proceeded to present a slide show of pictures form his life (pre-trek military photos) up through present. Most of the audience was moved to tears. My favorite piece is attached below. A picture promoting a video of all of the spaghetti westerns he and the main Enterprise Crew starred in pre-trek.
He finished his presentation on a high note to keep the room from losing it I expect showing us his latest work – a collaboration with Bruno Mars (there was a reason for this collaboration – his daughter’s boyfriend or something…) but anyway – hilarity ensued and the audience sent him off with a 10 minute standing ovation.
Live Long and Prosper Mr. Spock we will miss you.