The Passing of Mr. Spock

As a Trekie fan going back to the first Enterprise I was sadden to hear of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, aged 83.

Nimoy was an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy was best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966-69), and in multiple film, television and video game sequels.

Nimoy was born to Jewish migrant parents in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his career in his early twenties, teaching acting classes in Hollywood and making minor film and television appearances through the 1950s, as well as playing the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. Foreshadowing his fame as a semi-alien, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in the 1952 movie serial Zombies of the Stratosphere. In 1953, he served in the United States Army and held the rank of sergeant.

In 1965, he made his first appearance in the rejected Star Trek pilot The Cage, and went on to play the character of Mr. Spock until 1969, followed by eight feature films and guest slots in the various spin-off series. The character has had a significant cultural impact and garnered Nimoy three Emmy Award nominations; TV Guide named Spock one of the 50 greatest TV characters.[4][5] After the original Star Trek series, Nimoy starred in Mission: Impossible for two seasons, hosted the documentary series In Search of…, and narrated Civilization IV, as well as making several well-received stage appearances. More recently, he also had a recurring role in the science fiction series Fringe.

Live long and prosper Mr. Spock…

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10 Responses to The Passing of Mr. Spock

  1. J. Soden says:

    Am an original Trekkie, and have been reading science fiction since my early teens. Was so happy to see Star Trek give SciFi more class than just being about “bug-eyed monsters.”
    I envision Nimoy and Roddenberry writing scripts together somewhere . . .
    “Of all the souls I’ve encountered, his was the most humman.” RIP, Mr. Spock. You will be missed.

    • Post Scripts says:

      Star Trek inspired a lot of scientists. Sure, there was a lot of cornball sci-fi, but there was also a lot of moralizing (prime directive, etc.) in there and theoretical science too.

      Too bad some of that inspiration didn’t rub off on Obama, he’s kinda let the space exploration program all but dry up. How long has it been since we landed on the moon? We should have been on Mars by now.

  2. Libby says:

    You cannot be a political conservative and a Trekkie. These are mutually exclusive things.

    My world crumbles.

  3. Peggy says:

    A little trivia on Star Trek. It was produced by Desilu studios after CBS and NBC turned it down. Desilu studios, because of the creative mind of Desi Arnaz, was the first to use multi cameras for live productions instead of just one.

    Desilu studios also produced the popular Mission Impossible series and several others.

  4. Tina says:

    Libby writes, “You cannot be a political conservative and a Trekkie. These are mutually exclusive things.”

    She does not know conservatives at all. She, like many on the left, relate to a cartoon character of their own construction instead of who we are.

    The Democrat party has done a bang up job of demonizing conservatives. That unfortunate bias gets in the way of a lot of good being accomplished in this nation as well as the sense of unity we once had as Americans.

    Star Trek and the crew of the Enterprise represented a time of national unity that has slowly eroded due to the politics of personal destruction and planned political division.

    Roddenberry was a genius, dedicated to freedom and interracial (species) acceptance, admiration and cooperation, who also understood the need for defense against evil forces. Conservatism fits like a glove!

    RIP Leonard Nimoy.

  5. J. Soden says:

    Well said, Tina!

  6. Chris says:

    I don’t agree that it is impossible to be a Star Trek fan and a conservative but Rodenberry was very openly liberal, especially for his time, and the society depicted in Trek is clearly a democratic socialist one.

  7. Georgis says:

    R.I.P. Mr Spock.

    Miss Tina, I think the conservatives created their own image. No one could quite dream up some of the things we see people do live on video.

    This constant bashing of anybody who may hold a different opinion, or is not a so called Conservative gets old. Freedom is not conforming to a single view.

    Leonard was a liberal. I have great respect for his art, his views, and his life.

    So why the bashing on the page for Spock? He would have wanted you to show respect for Libby.

    Beam me up Scotty and have a tranya ready please.

  8. Libby says:

    Now, Georgia … I did ask for it, impugning their claim to a place in Trekkiedom.

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