Leonard Nimoy (1931 – 2015)

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All of us here at the Retroist are deeply saddened by the passing of Leonard Nimoy, we thought it would be fitting if today we merely shared this single post and allowed you all to share your memories and thoughts in the comments to talk about his life and work.


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10 thoughts on “Leonard Nimoy (1931 – 2015)

  1. I didn’t watch Star Trek as a kid in the 70s. But I did watch the creepy In Search Of… That show was my first exposure to Nimoy and I always associated him and his distinctive voice with eerie mysteries. Later, in the 80s, I did watch Next Generation and became a fan. I watched the movies with the original cast and came to appreciated Nimoy as Spock. He was a great actor who became such an iconic character. He is one of the big ones, for many people, for many reasons, and he will be missed. #LLAP

  2. Thanks for posting this Vic.

    When I heard Nimoy was going into the hospital, it started to occur to me that we might lose him and I immediately went into denial about it and I think I might still be.

    No character on TV has stuck with me like Spock and after seeing another actor play him, I know that a large part of the “why”, was the actor.

    I will eventually accept that we won’t hear that nuanced and soothing voice again, but for now, I think I will choose to stay in denial and watch some original Trek and In Search Of this weekend.


  3. TheSixMillionDollarJedi says:

    I felt the same way when I heard he was rushed to the hospital with chest pains. I knew he had COPD for years and wasn’t exactly healthy. You could tell in the two recent Star Trek movies that his health was deteriorating. He just seemed frail in those.

    I would like to mention his hosting duties on “Lights, Camera, Action!” on Nickelodeon in the early 1980s. As a movie fan, I wasn’t old enough to drive myself to the movies when that show was on so it was up to this show, along with Sisket & Ebert, to get my fix of new movies until I could see them in theaters or they finally made their way onto HBO or home video.

    While he thought of himself as an actor first, he also made a great television show host.

  4. Del Monte Peaches. That is always what I think of when I think of Nimoy. I saw my very first episode of Star Trek when I was five years old, it was “A Private Little War”. A local TV station started to air the classic episodes in the middle of the day and my Father was so excited about it that on his way home he bought us some canned Del Monte peaches, which was a luxury to us at that time. He explained every single question about the characters I had, his favorite character was always Mr. Spock, and that is how I first became acquainted with Leonard Nimoy.

    Of course I would go on to love the actor’s work with In Search Of and the absolutely fantastic “Lights, Camera, Action!”…that series really helped form my desires to become a Director. I mourn the fact that the world has lost a fantastic actor but more so that we all lost a great man who put others before himself.


  5. As an 80’s child, my first introduction to Star Trek, and Spock, was The Wrath of Khan. And what a way to meet Nimoy! His sacrifice at the end of the film hooked me on Star Trek and sci-fi in general and made me a life-long Nimoy fan. His contribution to the small and big screen are considerable, and a quick glance at Wikipedia tells you he was so much more too. Such was his stature that his recent appearances in Fringe amplified each episode to epic levels, despite his screen time being so limited. I am deeply saddened by his loss and will remain forever in debt to his most enduring character who taught me the true meaning of being human. Live Long and Prosper.

  6. I distinctly remember watching Star Trek reruns plopped in front of our floor model TV in 1976 eating a hearty repast of franks and beans laid out upon my Star Trek TV tray; but the fondest memory I have of Nimoy is when he would scare the pants off me with In Search Of (especially the Amityville episode). This was a turning point in my life as it taught me that being scared could be fun! Thank you Leonard for making this horrorkid what he is today…


  7. All great memories. I loved that he came back to Star Trek for the JJ Abrahms reboots. I enjoyed the way he interacted with Quinto’s Spock, their dynamic was wonderful and Nimoy gave the film some cred.

    Of course, my brother was a huge Star Trek fan. My mother bought him a Star Trek cookie jar many years ago. When he died last April, she put his ashes in the cookie jar and buried the jar in the cemetery. If there is a heaven, I’m happy to know that Nimoy and my brother are in there together somewhere, hopefully hanging out. Although I would imagine Nimoy has a long line of people waiting to meet him.

  8. vinvectrex says:

    Although I enjoy the new Star Trek films, for me the best part was in seeing Leonard Nimoy in them. I was holding out hope for another with him as Spock. And, being greedy, another and another after that. I never tired of seeing him in the role, feeling he had just the right mix of gravitas and humor. Mr. Nimoy will be truly missed – but wow, what an accomplished life he led!

  9. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Leonard Nimoy has contributed to the enrichment of his fan’s lives by going past the celebrity image and exploring the human condition, in ways informed by his iconic TV character.
    I grew up watching TOS and becoming increasingly intrigued by Spock.

    First, as a young kid flipping channels past a few seconds of the Enterprise crew’s more adult affairs to get to Robby and the goofy doctor, where Will Smith would be my avatar in the adventures of fantasy sci-fi and its escape into fluffy imagination.

    Next, my and my dad stayed on the late night channel showing the original trio in action, whenever an episode appeared. This would make me a fan of the show and elevate the sci-fi escapism into more humanistic possibilities about space exploration, its boundless surprises, and our humanity, never as clearly defined as by this fascinating vulcan who struggled with its values and frailties.

    Onwards into adulthood, Mr. Nimoy had led us into the mysteries of earth with In Search Of… and into the unresolvable quandaries of the human soul with his books, his poetry, and his general outlook on life, which he generously shared with whoever asked for a moment.

    I can’t fathom his loss as a gone presence in our timeline because so much of his writings and teachings remain at the ready for us to pick up and listen to the voice, the guidance, the appreciation of life emanating from his words.
    Love and loss are a cycle of life. And to think of him now reminds me of those in my life who have also traveled to the great beyond, and how they live on, shining inside us, and keep us company.
    The way we touch each others lives, make us grow closer as a people, make us understand humanity, we realize we are already embarked on the next big adventure.

    Thank you Mr. Nimoy, for being a part of us.

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