I have been a fan of Star Trek since my dad thrust that dog-eared, worn copy of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan into my hands. I read that novel, and instantly identified with the character of Spock. I fell in love with that character, and as I grew older I gained an immense appreciation for the actor that portrayed him, Leonard Nimoy.
I was a socially awkward pre-teen that really didn’t have any friends, and I saw in Spock someone that face very similar struggles. Spock was an outsider that had to learn how to live in a world that was alien to him. I learned more about what it meant to be human from Mr. Nimoy and his portrayal of Spock than I did from anyone else. I would not be the person I am today, or think and feel the way I do had it not been for him.
Massive Influnce Across the World
When Nimoy passed away last year, Tributes poured in from across the Globe. President Obama said:
“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for ‘Live long and prosper.’ And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that.”
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden remembered him this way:
“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most. “NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise. Leonard was a talented actor, director, philanthropist, and a gracious man dedicated to art in many forms.”
Genesis of Father & Son Bonding Project
Leonard Nimoy touched millions of lives on this planet. He was important to so many, not the least of which was his son, Adam Nimoy. Adam has spent the last year making a documentary film, that was originally planned to be a collaborative effort between father and son on the effect the character of Spock has had on people, but with his passing, the focus of the project has shifted to examine not only Spock, but Leonard Nimoy as well. In an interview with startrek.com, Adam discusses the genesis of the project:
“The idea came up in October, 2014. I’d worked on another documentary with my dad, Leonard Nimoy’s Boston. It was a short, a half-hour about his life in Boston, growing up as the son of Russian immigrant parents. We were in Boston shooting that together. It was a great bonding experience between us, and I wanted to do something similar with him about Mr. Spock and the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I thought it’d be interesting to get into some of the unknowns about the character’s inception and his development and evolution over time, and also to explore why he had resonated for almost 50 years at this point. And it was just another vehicle for me to work with Dad at this end stage of his life and reflect back on the legacy of Spock and his involvement with that character.”
When asked about his father’s passing, Nimoy was questioned about whether or not he considered dropping the project:
“After he died, there was such an outpouring of emotion and support from so many people from around the world. I got calls from old friends of mine I hadn’t been in touch with in decades. The media was so saturated, really, with the news and the legacy of Spock and Dad, that it just inspired me, and I felt it would be of interest to people if we continued on with the project. And, at that point, it became obvious to me that the project needed to include the life of my dad as well. He was very concerned when we’d talked about it that it not be a Leonard Nimoy film, made by Leonard Nimoy, about Leonard Nimoy. He wanted to keep himself minimally involved and keep the focus on Mr. Spock. When he passed away, it was pretty obvious that people were not only mourning the loss of Mr. Spock, but also Leonard Nimoy, the artist and humanitarian. That’s when I decided to pick up where we’d left off, but also to include my dad’s life as well.”
For the Love of Spock Debuts Soon
It is obvious from his friends and family that Leonard Nimoy was a loving, compassionate and supremely humble person. When he passed I felt it as deeply as if I had known him myself. He changed my life in many ways and I will be forever grateful to him. On September 9th, in time for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Adam Nimoy debuts his Documentary For the Love of Spock in theatres. The trailer dropped yesterday and you can view it below, but be warned, you may want to grab some tissues…
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