It is going to be very difficult for me to get through this article. Even though I had never met Leonard Nimoy, he has been a huge part of my life since I was a child. To many Star Trek fans, he was a trusted and respected friend. As I sit here writing this, tears are streaming down my face because I truly feel like I have lost a dear, dear friend.
Best known for the role of Spock on Star Trek, he became synonymous with the role as well as the series itself. Always a champion of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s dream, Nimoy was a protector of the image of the franchise. Appearing in every original series episode, seven feature films and director of two, he was a fixture in the Trek universe both on and off screen.
Fans have been pouring best wishes to him since the news of his hospitalization last week due to complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but nothing could prepare us for the blow with word of his passing this morning. I could spend the next few minutes with bits of information about him that everyone is already fairly aware of, but I am not going to do that. Instead, being a life long Star Trek fan I want to write about what he meant to me and to fans.
I have been a Star Trek fan since I was a little kid…and I mean a little kid. Into my junior high and high school years, it became even more a part of my life as I entered the awkward stages of adolescence. Star Trek and its characters, especially Spock spoke to me in a way that I could understand and identify with. I felt like I had a place with those characters and they became my friends.
It was one of my lifetime dreams to meet him in person and to be able to tell him what he meant to me personally. When he retired from the convention scene in 2011, I thought that I had missed my chance to fulfill my dream, but I still kept a glimmer of hope. Now sadly, that will never happen now and I feel an empty hole in my heart for never having met him. Leonard now joins his fellow Trekkers: Gene Roddenberry, Mark Lenard, DeForest Kelly, James Doohan and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.
Through his portrayal of Spock, he showed us how a truly inhuman and emotionless character can be more human and show more emotions than the best of us. I will never be able to watch Spock’s death scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan without shedding tears ever again. He touched so many lives, mine included and no matter how much I write, I don’t think I could ever truly come close to expressing my sense of loss. So in tribute of Leonard Nimoy, I’ll let his friends, those who knew him best and his performances speak for me and his legends of fans. You have been and always shall be, our friend.
“I didn’t think he would ever die. I honestly didn’t. I thought he would live forever. And that gives you an idea of the type of man he is. In some ways, he really will be the type that will live on forever, in us, because he touched so many of our lives. The outcry at this news shows how much he was loved. He only lived by the phrase, “Live Long and Prosper”. He lived those words. What a perfect thing to know, that in the end, he lived those words. Nothing is better than knowing that.” —Marceline Hallows