That’s why this is so hard. We heard the other day that Leonard Nimoy was taken to the hospital with chest pains, and today the news hits that we’ve lost him at 83.
Everyone is eulogizing him in their own way today, and perhaps the New York Times has the most robust and comprehensive one. But everyone remembers Nimoy in their own way.
Obviously for everyone there is Star Trek, but my earliest memories of him came from his narration of “In Search Of…”. Even before I knew what Star Trek was I came to know his distinctive voice while my grandfather watched re-runs of that 70’s series talking about Bigfoot and other mysteries.
Oh course then I came to know Star Trek and everything changed for me. I was a huge Trekkie, and it can’t be understated how that small science fiction series changed the face of pop culture in the latter half of the 20th Century. No matter what your favorite Trek was, it’s impossible to not recognize what Nimoy, Shatner, and the late DeForest Kelly did with their trio. We’ve lost two of them now, and it’s really hard to put into words the profound sense of loss everyone is feeling today. This is like losing a Beatle.
The best way to mourn Mr. Nimoy is to remember the joy he brought millions. I know I’ll be watching the six Star Trek movies today, two of which he directed. I think this image from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan pretty much sums up how everyone is feeling right now:
RIP Leonard Nimoy. You’ll forever be missed.