For those of us who grew up with the Trek world, the death of Leonard Nimoy is a tremendous loss. It’s the saddest news I’ve seen in a very long time.
Leonard and his character Spock embodied so much of what Gene Roddenberry infused into ST. The intelligence, the wit, and the wisdom of that hopeful future were carried through the entire canon of Star Trek by Spock, and by Leonard. Appearing at the very start of the original series as Lt. Commander Spock, then Commander Spock, Captain Spock, and Ambassador-at-Large Spock in multiple series and movies, Leonard was the thread that pulled together the entire universe of Trek, over generations of characters and story lines, over hundreds of years. News of Spock’s appearance in yet another sequel was always big news, and always elicited feelings of nostalgia and belonging in his fans. Leonard’s character Spock was a force for peace and reason, as was his own character in real life.
His talents, his warmth and his spirit will be missed but remembered by millions for a very long time to come. To so many of us, he was family.
Thank you, Leonard, for everything you gave us. You lived long. You prospered. And because you did, we prospered, too.