I just heard that Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek fame among other things, had passed away at 83 (NY Times).
I am very, very sad upon hearing this. Spock was the first TV character I remembered as a child, even if I knew no English. Those pointed ears and that firm, noble look, as well as calmness of the character, endeared me to him.
It would be ironic to be sad about Mr Nimoy’s death considering the generally emotionally controlled Vulcan character with which I associate with him as one. But sad I am. Actually, I’m feeling something far worse than sadness could convey, though I will try to control it. This is going to be a long, drawn out, sadness, though, because he is synonymous with Star Trek to me so Star Trek will never be the same again. I will always think of him any time I see, hear or think of Star Trek.
As I struggle for what to write regarding Mr Nimoy’s death, a quote from Kirk in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan, that is among my favourite movies, seems appropriate.
“Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”
Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy. Your soul and spirit will live and prosper forever.
And a hockey game just broke out of a kitchen party that just broke out in Heaven…
The Wayne Gretzky of Canadian music, legend Stompin’ Connors just passed away at the age of 77 of natural causes. The press release on his website is below. I sure hope he was watching or dreaming of a hockey game, or singing or doing something he loved. He will surely be greatly missed!
I just found out Andy Rooney passed away Friday night of complications following minor surgery (Associated Press). It’s the second public figure I’ve always enjoyed hearing about who has passed away within a month. The other was Steve Jobs. Somewhere in those thoughts came this idea I’d try to write something related and relevant to the topic, in a tone and from a perspective Andy might have taken. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all.
There are now seven billion people in the world. Unfortunately, at some point, they all have to die. Well, it’s not all unfortunate. In fact, it’s not unfortunate at all in many cases. I was just trying to be sympathetic about a sensitive matter. That’s what happens when you get old. Your heart softens.