How do you eulogise someone who you’ve only met very briefly in passing, yet was a key past of your life for decades? How do you pay proper respect to someone who touched so many lives, in many ways beyond that for which he was known? How can mere words give proper tribute to someone who literally became part of the world’s consciousness, and conscience?
Leonard Nimoy was many things, and did so much more than portray the beloved Mr. Spock from Star Trek. A writer, director, author, musician, and a guest star on dozens of TV shows and movies across five decades, he should be lionised as a man for all times and tastes. Yet it was that brief span on a failed NBC sci-fi series that brought him first to the American psyche, then to the world over. A little cult TV show, written by a true genius (the great Gene Roddenberry), gave us an insight to a truly utopian future. War, poverty, disease, and so many other human foibles had been conquered or marginalised, and our window to that wonderful future was through the eyes of a great yin and yang. While Captain Kirk plowed through each and every challenge with his heart on his sleeve, it was the cool, calm, logical Mr. Spock that attracted such a loyal following. To this day, Spock’s death scene in “The Wrath Of Khan” is some of Hollywood’s most poignant footage, and the groundswell of protest at his seeming end powered the original series to four more movies, not to mention several TV spinoffs and a host of films – not to mention, being the catalyst that brought my wife and myself together over25 years ago.
Leonard Nimoy was so much to so many. To sum his life up in a few words seems so meagre, so insufficient. Perhaps the best tribute to him is to measure how many lives he touched, over so many years, across so much of this planet. And in that measure, he will truly stand for the ages, a monument to how large an impact one person can have. In summation, I can only quote the words of Captain Kirk, and say of him, “Of all the souls I have met in my journeys, his was the most …. human.” It was, indeed, we, who have lived long and prospered so much from knowing him.