Yesterday, a little piece of my childhood died.
I’ve been a Trek fan for as long as I can remember. My dad still reminds me that as a three year old I would duck when the Enterprise came flying forward during the opening credits!
Spock was always my favourite, a position he shared with Scotty and Bones. One of the reasons that Spock was my favourite was that he was the odd one out. 400+ crew and he was the only non-human on board. Kind of how I felt going through primary school, the odd one out (and in some respects how I still feel now as an adult from time to time). I could relate to him in a way I couldn’t to most of the others.
Over time, some of his mannerisms rubbed off on me. A raise of one eyebrow when confused/perplexed, and a (somewhat annoying) need to carry out tasks in a logical order.
Finally, as an adult, I got to meet Leonard. I wasn’t suprised to find out that he was a warm, caring person. This just proved to me what a good actor he was.
A few years later, on Twitter, he offered his followers the chance to make him their honorary Grandfather. Many thousands of Trekkies jumped at the chance and the warmth towards his fans continued.
He retired from the convention circuit due to failing health but was still able and willing to do a live Skype chat at the last London con. I wasn’t able to attend, but friends who did told me it was awesome.
Even in his last days he was still posting inspirational quotes to his Twitter page. The world has lost a talented actor, singer and photographer and thousands of Trekkies have lost an amazing role model and honorary Grandfather……
Leonard Nimoy, your memory shall Live Long and Prosper in all that you leave behind. Thanks for everything you gave to myself and many others.
Your mission on this planet is complete….its time to stand down now. Rest now Grandpa Leonard.