Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the original Star Trek series, died today. Nimoy invented the Vulcan salute himself. He was inspired by the Jewish Priestly Blessing he had seen at an Orthodox synagogue.
“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future. I loved Spock. In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for ‘Live long and prosper.’ And after 83 years on this planet—and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.” —President Obama
As we remember actor Leonard Nimoy today, we wanted to share this from our Museum of American History’s collection. They’re ear tips Nimoy wore as Mr. Spock in the 1982 movie “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.” The authentication card is signed in green ink by Leonard Nimoy.
My humble tribute to Leonard Nimoy, and I know this isn’t enough. I’ll be honest here - I’m not really in the Star Trek fandom. I’ve only watched the new films and loved them, so I kind of feel unworthy of this.
But anyways, even though I haven’t been following Nimoy’s career, I know that he was a remarkable human being and he will be missed dearly.
So ST and Leonard Nimoy fans alike, I feel your pain and send you my love.
May he rest in peace and his soul be bound in the bundle of life.