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.
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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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3 comments:

tom said...

Did you know all the star trek original series episodes are available on Netflix streaming?

tgilli said...

Yes, and I've watched most of the good ones (plus Spock's Brain). I've also watched at least 100 Next Generation episodes and a few Voyager shows. I'm not into Enterprise at all.

Tom Gillispie said...

I was wrong. I've since watched nearly all of the Voyager episodes, many of the DS9 shows and many more of TNG episodes. I still can't get into Enterprise, though; and I hate the music.