Sunday, March 27, 2011

Live long and prosper

I knew this day (Leonard Nimoy's death) was coming. We'd already lost Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) and a few of the stars (DeForest Kelley, James Doohan and Majel Barrett Roddenberry, to name three).

And now Nimoy is gone as well.

When I saw the first Star Trek episode (The Man Trap) in 1966, I'd never heard of Nimoy, and I thought that Star Trek was a dumb name for the show.

But I loved Star Trek, even through Spock's Brain and Catspaw.

Nimoy lived long and prospered (83, I believe), and you can't ask much more.

Goodbye, Spock.
I wasn't informed, naturally, when Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) turned 80 yesterday or when William Shatner (Captain Kirk) did the same four days earlier. It's an oversight that I can live with; I found out today.

My first Star Trek episode was The Man Trap, and I've seen most of the TV episodes and movies and read many of the novels since. When I first heard of the new TV series in 1966, I was excited, but I thought that Star Trek was a strange name for a TV show. What did a 13-year-old kid know?

The funny thing is that Nimoy and Shatner first worked together in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Happy birthdays, guys. Peace and long life.

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