Today was a sad day because Leonard Nimoy had passed away this morning at age 83. Last week, it was reported that the actor/director was rushed to the hospital with severe chest pains. As a fan of the original Star Trek series with William Shatner, my siblings and I would watch the show every afternoon at 4 p.m. My brother wouldn’t miss it. Its five year mission barely lasted three.
Mr. Spock made my brother and I laugh, first with the Vulcan Salute, which did hurt worse as one got older. And secondly with the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, which would make me howl in pain because of my sore shoulders if it were done now. In one of his earlier interviews with a television magazine, Leonard Nimoy explained how it was created and why. He hated violence. He also amazed me with his vast knowledge both as Spock on the show and in real life.
Getting into his costume for filming meant that his ears had to have been pinned back to fit the pointed prosthetic ears and his eyebrows shaped. That couldn’t have been comfortable to him. Some of his other achievements were the 1980’s hit,” Three Men and a Baby” and the sequel, “Three Men and a Little Lady” according to The Guardian. Before that, I enjoyed his hosting duties on “In Search of”, my being a mystery buff.
Leonard Nimoy now joined his cast mates: James Doohan, (Scotty) Deforest Kelly (Bones) and the series creator, Gene Roddenberry on the memorial wall. He did ‘Live long and prosper’. Shalom, my friend.