Leonard Nimoy (26 March 1931 – 27 February 2015)

People of Earth,

As I am sure you are all well aware by now, last week we lost one of our most beloved treasures, Mr Leonard Nimoy. There have been so many glorious tributes and eulogies celebrating his life and achievements in the last few days, and it has been so beautiful to see so many fans the world over sending their most heartfelt love and good wishes as Mr Nimoy transitions from this plane to the next. We at Cablagoobla never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Nimoy personally, but his presence in our lives (through the vessel of television) as Mr Spock has had a profound impact on us (like he did on so many others), so it has taken a couple of days for us to come to terms with his passing and compose our own post.

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We were introduced to Leonard Nimoy early on in our lives through our Dads love of Star Trek. I can’t count the amount of times we were subjected to “The Wrath of Khan” as children – it being one of the few VHS tapes we had on hand – and to this day we Cablagooblians can’t vs each other in anything without first quoting “This is like when Spock had to fight Kirk on Star Trek – best friends forced to do battle”. Dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun…

By the time we were introduced to Star Trek the 90s were in full swing and Mr Nimoy had already appeared as not only Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human alien hybrid – Considered one of the most popular alien characters EVER portrayed on television and the role he is most remembered for – but as countless other characters on a variety of other shows including The Untouchables, Gunsmoke, Dragnet Mission Impossible and The Man from U.N.C.L.E (just to name a few). He went on to have a successful career both on and off the screen with 12 directorial credits (including two of the Star Trek movies), several books and numerous voice over/narration credits, as well as a number of special appearances to his name.

Nimoy made his directorial debut in 1973, with the “Death on a Barge” segment for an episode of Night Gallery during its final season. (As an interesting side note, Night Gallery was Similar in format to the much more famous “Twilight Zone” series, but whereas the tales in “Twilight Zone” were more science fiction, the tales in Night Gallery have a darker, more horrific edge). Nimoy directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in 1984 and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986, and also directed the 1987 film Three Men and a Baby.

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Leonard Nimoy directing Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1985

Nimoy authored two volumes of autobiography, I Am Not Spock (1975) and I Am Spock (1995) and also composed several volumes of poetry, some published along with a number of his photographs.

During and following Star Trek, Nimoy also released five albums of musical vocal recordings on Dot Records. On his first album, “Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space” and half of his second album “Two sides of Leonard Nimoy, science fiction-themed songs are featured where Nimoy sings as Spock. On his final three albums, he sings popular folk songs of the era and cover versions of popular songs, such as “Proud Mary” and Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”. There are also several songs on the later albums that were written or co-written by Nimoy.

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Leonard Nimoy died February 27, 2015 at the age of 83 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is survived by his older brother, Melvin, his ex-wife, Sandi Zober, their two children, (Adam and Julie) as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. May they live long and prosper.

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