As you probably know, the great Leonard Nimoy died a week ago today.
The man who breathed life into Spock was by all accounts talented, intelligent, and kind. And though he was sometimes frustrated that people only knew him for one role, he eventually realized that, if you have to be known for one role, Spock is a pretty damn good one.
Spock himself was, in a word, fascinating. He was a geek before it was cool – a scientist, a logician, an inspiration to anyone who felt like an alien in their own life. Spock was not, as many people believe, emotionless. Rather, he had decided not to let his emotions define him. We could all use a little of that self-control sometimes.
A small selection of tributes to an outstanding actor:
Nimoy’s final Twitter post, which seems just right.
Scientific American remembers.
A great painting, titled I Am Spock.
Nimoy’s Bilbo Baggins song unites two of my favorite things in the world: Tolkien and Star Trek. It’s so adorably wonderful, it’s hard to believe it really exists.
A great commercial featuring the two Spocks: Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. A surprising number of inside jokes for something that was (I imagine) aimed at the general public.
And finally, one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen: Nimoy’s starring role in the “alternate official video” for Bruno Mars’s “The Lazy Song.” He doesn’t sing – doesn’t even speak – but he’s perfect. Just shows he wasn’t afraid to make fun of himself.
That’s all I have. If you’ve got any links or thoughts of your own, please, share in the comments. Have a stellar weekend. Live long and prosper.