Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

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Beloved Star Trek actor passes away after complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Leonard Nimoy

 

There are many things geeks and nerds will come together to say and share over the next few days to honor Star Trek great Leonard Nimoy.

Virginia Heffernan, from the New York Times, said it best this morning:

His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

Nimoy’s portrayal of the unshaken Spock hit home with geeks and nerds all over the world, and for that, our community will forever be grateful.

Without Nimoy and the cast of Star Trek, television wouldn’t be what it is today. They broke boundaries, racial barriers, and united geeks worldwide.

Although Nimoy played many other roles, he said this of Spock: “Given the choice, if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Wherever you are today, Spock, geeks around the world thank you.

Godspeed.

 

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