Second Star To The Right

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Last Friday morning, my son came into the room with a terrible look on his face.  “Mom,” he said, in that gentle way that people use when they have heartbreaking news to share, “Leonard Nimoy has passed away.”

“You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don’t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you’re tapping into.” — Leonard Nimoy

I was a child when Star Trek first ran, and didn’t really discover it until it began running in syndication a few years after its cancellation.  While it was obvious that Shatner was intended to be the star, I was always more fond of Leonard Nimoy as the cerebral Mr Spock.  He was almost always calm, even in the most harrying situations.  He never needed to tear off his shirt to win the day, because he could out-think anyone.  As I’ve mentioned before, smart is sexy.  And Mr Spock was the smartest guy I’d ever seen on TV in my life.  Where most other guys had to depend on their chin dimples or athletic ability, Mr Spock needed only his brain.
“I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful, collecting these shards of spirituality, that we may be helping to bring about a healing.”  – Leonard Nimoy

I always loved Leonard Nimoy’s smile.  You didn’t see it often on Star Trek, which made it even more beautiful due to its rarity.  It’s a wide, genuine smile, that projects his joy in life.

“The camera can capture thought in a way that’s quite surprising and shocking. You can become very simple and minimal in your work and communicate a lot with just a finger or an eyebrow, or a look, or a glance.”  – Leonard Nimoy

In 1971, Nimoy took a break from acting to go back to school and earn a degree in photography. He won my heart a few years ago when he released his book, The Full Body Project, a collection of his photographs of full-bodied women in their altogether. Some of the photographs are homages to famous works by Matisse and Duchamp. The point of the book was to bring awareness to the problem of size in our culture, and the way that industry drives what we suppose to be beautiful, just so that money can be made. 

“When you let me take I’m grateful. When you let me give I’m blessed.”  – Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy spent his later years making appearances in shows like Fringe and The Big Bang Theory, and dropping by cons to visit his fans.  He lived his life in a creative and joyful way, right up until the end when disease took him from us.  I mourn his passing as I rejoice in the life he was kind enough to share with all of us.

“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP” – Leonard Nimoy

The world is a little less bright because he’s left us, but it’s also a richer place because he was here.

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2 comments to Second Star To The Right

  • Razziecat

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute. It’s hard to quantify just how much this man meant to his fans. He was a living legend. We loved just knowing he was out there, being his inimitable self. His death hit me harder than I expected, because somehow, it seemed as though he would go on forever. In a way, he will.

    Terry Pratchett said, “Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”

    Going by these words, Leonard Nimoy will always be with us.

  • Misty, a very nice tribute. Thank you. Razziecat, thank you for the Terry Pratchett quotation.