It's not medieval, but I felt the need to put it here anyway on this, my blog. It was not unexpected because of his poor health, but I was saddened nonetheless with the news of his passing today. And though it is tough to divorce Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, I do remember him from those early days on Mission Impossible, the TV show, and other TV appearances.
What did Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek mean to me? I only became acquainted with Star Trek in its second go-round of reruns when I was a preteen (after all, I was 5, 6 years old when Star Trek came out originally).
But it was an instant hit with me. I was a Trekkie! I could name you chapter and verse of each episode and I spent hundreds buying all the episodes on videocassette, now long gone.
It brought me to strange new worlds, showed me what our world could be if we just got rid of our prejudices and differences and worked together as a PLANET to go out exploring. And what fantastic stories they were. Keeping us down to earth was, ironically, the show's favorite alien, Mr. Spock. Oh, did I have a crush on him! Intelligent men always got me. And we knew behind that logical exterior was an emotional human just on the edge of control. A complex character. That made him even more interesting, and with Nimoy's mesmerizing voice and eyes filled with pathos, we all fell for it.
Star Trek also saved my life, or at least my sanity. When I was watching it, it was the time of my parents' divorce and all the other things that go awry in the mind of a teenager. I could be swept away to other worlds and forget my own troubles for a time. And it encouraged my interest in science fiction and fantasy. I became an avid reader of some of the greatest writers of the genre: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthony, Barbara Hambly, Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven...so many. They shaped how I viewed the world, how I put together a story.
Nimoy was also an avid photographer, and, bless him, he loved the plump naked ladies. Right on, Leonard!
So thank you, my green-blooded friend, and thank you, Leonard Nimoy, for giving him life. There is no doubt that you will live long and prosper in our memories.