The geek wire was a buzz yesterday with the sad news about the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. Nimoy, who was born in Boston in 1931 was hospitalized a few days prior passed due to complications from COPD, a heart condition.
For so many of us Nimoy will forever be remembered as the Vulcan Science Officer, Mr. Spock from STAR TREK. In the recent relaunch of the STAR TREK franchise, Nimoy was able to reprise his roll and helped (for some) bridge the classic with the current.
Staring in over 40 films including INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) and so many classic TV series including the long running IN SEARCH OF..., Nimoy was also a poet, musician and a photographer and also served in the United States Army.
I met Leonard Nimoy in 2004 at United Fan Con in Springfield, MA and although my meeting was brief, I found him to be incredibly genuine and he had a sincere love for the fans. At this particular show musician John Wetton wanted me to bring him over so he could get an autographed picture. John and Leonard went on for about 10 minutes discussing one of John's former bands, King Crimson.