Peace and long life, Friends and Fiends.
Ye Olde Dragon here, with another post I’ve dreaded making. I’ve always tried to keep things upbeat without getting too morose at times like this, thus the light tone of the headline.
It is a dark day in the Realms of Imagi-Entertainment.
We have lost one of the pillars of the imagination today. After a brief hospital stay, at the age of 83, the legendary Leonard Nimoy has passed away. It is very hard to sum up what this man meant to his fans, considering that he transcended the realms of Science-Fiction and Fantasy, forever embedded in pop culture and the human consciousness with four simple words:
“Live long and prosper.”
He will be forever remembered as Mr. Spock to so many generations of Trekkers and non–Trekkers alike, as well as for being the host/narrator of the very first documentary-style mystery investigation series – that is so prevalent on the History Channel today – Alan Landsburg’s IN SEARCH OF.
His all too familiar voice can also be heard as Galvatron in THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (1986), as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in THE PAGEMASTER (1994), as King Nedahk in Disney‘s ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (2001) and as himself on various episodes of THE SIMPSONS and FUTURAMA. He even provided the voice of a vintage Mego Spock action figure giving a guilt trip to Sheldon in an episode of THE BIG BANG THEORY.
When I heard the news early this afternoon, the first thought that popped into my head was the line from Kirk‘s eulogy of Spock in STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982):
“… Of all the people I have met in my travels,
of all the souls I have encountered, his was the most… Human.”
But in actuality, it sadly isn’t true. Because even though in my younger days either attending or working at conventions, I met many wonderful people who brought so much joy and entertainment to myself and others, sadly Mr. Nimoy was not among their number.
There have been many tributes, comments, obituaries and eulogies given today, many of them far more eloquent than I purport to be so I will not waste anymore of your time with repetition.
I shall simply finish by saying thank you. Thank you, Leonard Nimoy for bringing that green blooded, pointy eared Vulcan to life. We give you back to the stars, so that you may boldly go and light the way for those of us that will one day follow you.
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