Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Dead at Age 83 - A Legend Has Passed On

Earlier today, as reported by the BBC and other news outlets, Leonard Nimoy has passed on.

Leonard Nimoy has been a geek icon ever since he first put on the ears of Mr Spock back in the 1966 and has been a pop culture legend ever since. Everyone on Earth knows the Vulcan salute, everyone knows his iconic lines. Now he is no more.

When I first heard the news just half an hour or so ago I was shocked, saddened by the death of one of my favorite actors but also because it finally sank in that all of us, that we grew up with these legends on our TV and Movie screens, are all still mortal and are all fated to leave the boundaries of this world and slip into the great unknown. I am just saddened that such a giant had to leave us way too soon for a man who shaped geekdom like barely anyone else. Maybe it's melodramatic, but I would like to end with the words used in one of Mr Nimoy's movies, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. And while in that movie the Undiscovered Country meant hope for the future, I believe it is okay to use them as they were intended in Hamlet.

The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,

Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy. Goodbye, Spock. 

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