You probably have heard that today Leonard Nimoy has passed at age 83.
I never had the honor of working with Mr. Nimoy. Still it feels like I have lost a family member.
When I was little Star Trek was very dear to me. The 3 day marathon being one of the highlights of my Summer. As I grew up, the ideas of optimism and discovery led me to be active in my local science center. It was through the lens of Star Trek that I stubbornly viewed the world. Even though I knew the reality of daily life was far different – it gave me hope that one day we could have had people of all shapes, sizes, and colors on a starship exploring the unknown.
Mr. Nimoy’s work not only dared us to dream and to hold onto that Star Trek optimism, but he also challenged us to think about people who may have a very different way of thinking and acting than we do.
And that was cool. Spock was as different as you could be from the other members of Starfleet, but he also was one of the coolest.
I think that many of us who did not fit in appreciated that message.
It is today that we as fans are saddened, but at the same time we must know that Mr. Nimoy’s work touched so many. I have never been happier to be a geek. I think that’s the first time I have referred to myself as a “geek”. I’ve often dismissed the term as a Marketing construct that has been imposed on fans to suit headlines. Today I’ll own it. As I look around and see all of my fellow fans equally saddened I know 2 things:
1. You understand me.
2. You are My People.
Mr. Nimoy had a large role in bringing so many people together. So let’s try not to be sad. Let’s try to live life as he would have wanted. Let’s hold on to that optimism and show his work to the next generation. The impact of Mr. Nimoy’s work will never die. His legacy will Live Long and Prosper.
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