March 26, 1931 – February 27, 2015
So, hello to all and please bear with me as I take a moment to gain my bearings, and please forgive any errors as I am still processing and learning. I had intended to begin my first blogs to intro an exploration of the women of the comic universe, but alas, there is a sadness that begs me to speak on another topic for this first blog. The loss of a legend, Leonard Nimoy.
I was a very young girl when my mom and dad exposed me to the world of Sci fi. Dr. Who, Lost in Space, and my mothers favorite, Blake 7. I attended my first Sci fi Cob when I was only 8 years old so that my mother could get the autographs of the members of Blake 7. She allowed me to skip school that day to be able to go with her. I though I was big stuff strutting around there on a school day while my sister was still very much in class.
With all of the Sci Fi universe at my grasp, I was a Trekkie from the word go. I was fascinated but the characters, the universe, and the beautiful Starship Enterprise. along with Star trek, all of her sister shows/movies from the original Star trek to Star Trek: Into Darkness and into places “where no man has gone before”.
Today we have lost one of our dearest and strongest lived original crew members, Mr. Spock. Mr. Spock was not just a character on a tv Show, but a euphemism for life. Mr. Spock was a half human/half Vulcan man with no real belonging in either world. He battled with his hard feeling human side with the logical training he received as a Vulcan. Feeling were seen as a weakness to the Vulcan’s but to humans being logical all the time seemed cold and callused.
In our world, the real world, what more could Spock be but an honest attempt by Gene Roddenberry to speak volumes about acceptance of difference and mixing of people. In a time were multiracial children were not recognized and the feelings of people were found illogical by the political structure. Though we have a long way to go in the acceptance of all people, we have come a long way since Gene create Star Trek.
In a friendship structure Spock was seemingly uncaring at times but if you looked you saw deep angst in his character as he struggled to maintain duty and logic along with loyalty and friendship. This is hard in our world as well as the almighty dollar and bending over backwards for our jobs has turned into backstabbing to raise in ranks and friendships are a commodity. It is hard in our day and time to do what is right but still feel you are keeping your commitments to friendship. A sacrifice such as running in to a radioactive accelerator to save a whole ship of “friends” would be almost unheard of in our day and age. A lesson in self sacrifice would do many people some good.
How many times have you caught yourself raising your hand in the split v wishing someone to “live long and prosper”? How many times have you looked at a friend and said “i have been and always will be your friend”? How many times have you jokingly told a friend, “that is illogical”. As a Trekkie, or just a person, you no doubt have passed those phrases many times in your life.
The man behind Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy, passed away today from complications of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). A friend, a hero, a husband, a photographer, a singer, and actor. He left our world a better place for having been able to know him and his spirit. As an actor he played Mr, Spock, Paris from Mission Impossible, he appeared in popular tv shows such as Bonanza, Rawhide, the Untouchables, The outer limits and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Among many other tv and movie rolls.
Nimoy was a photographer. His book “The Full Body Project”, was a breath taking view on the woman form as natural as it can be. He had models of all sizes and showcased them in a beautiful way as to make everyone shine, not be disgraced. He made it cool to be a plus sized ballerina, and I wanted to be part of that picture.
I have touched on such a small part of Leonard Nimoy’s life. He was a pure artist in every way of the word. Open, well spoken and free to be himself. More should follow in his footsteps. On behalf of all Trekkie’s in the world from yesterday, today, and the future. Mr Leonard Nimoy, Live long, and Prosper. We have been, and always will be, your fans!
Devotedly a fan for life,