Sci-Fi Legend Remembered


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“Change is the essential process of all existence.”

The late Leonard Nimoy expressed a truth about the universe when he spoke these words while portraying the half-Vulcan First Officer of the starship Enterprise, Commander Spock. Nothing is eternal; everything changes, evolves, and ends; and everyone dies, even as new people, the vanguard of tomorrow, are born.

On Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, Nimoy passed away from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. He was a great man, a hero and role model to many, and his contributions to society will not be soon forgotten.

Nimoy’s greatest claim to fame is his portrayal of the character Spock from the expansive “Star Trek” franchise. His excellent performances in the original TV show, the Trek movies and even a couple episodes in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” made Spock a household name.

He was a part of the franchise longer than anyone else, having appeared in the original 1963 pilot episode and 2013’s blockbuster “Star Trek Into Darkness.” No other actor or character, not even William Shatner’s famous Captain Kirk, was that ingrained into the very essence of the franchise, one of fiction’s greatest. And he is responsible for the famous Vulcan phrase “Live long and prosper,” sometimes abbreviated LLAP, and the accompanying V-shaped hand sign.

Nimoy’s talents extended beyond acting. He directed two of the “Star Trek” movies as well as several other movies and TV show episodes, including the successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby.” He was also a musician, releasing five albums of his singing over the years, as well as an accomplished poet and photographer.

Nimoy’s poetry was showcased in his final Twitter post, which speaks truth about life: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.” Leonard Nimoy’s life was a gift to the world, and his memory will surely live long and prosper.