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Leonard Nimoy - Star Trek's Mr Spock - dies at 83

Discussion in 'TV / Movie Geek' started by Shaun, 27 Feb 2015.

  1. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    Nimoy had a long career as both an actor and director, however he was best known for his portrayal of the half-human, half-Vulcan character in both the TV franchise and series of films.

    Last year, the actor revealed he was suffering chronic lung disease COPD, despite stopping smoking 30 years ago. It was reported earlier this week he had been taken to hospital on 19 February after suffering from chest pains.

    He later tweeted: "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory."

    He signed off what was to be his final tweet with "LLAP" - a reference to his character's famous catchphrase, "Live long and prosper".

    Do you have any favourite Spock moments?
  2. Most of them!

    A great character in a show that meant a lot to me. I am old enough to have watched the original run of Star Trek on the BBC in my early teens.

    I remember the exact moment that I discovered Star Trek in 1969 because it made such an impact on me. I had been swimming in Coventry with my best mate*** and we were walking back along a terraced street where the houses had no front gardens. Because of that, we could see straight in the windows of the houses as we passed. It was summer and one window was open. A TV set was on in the room and I heard a weird sound which caught my attention. It turned out to be the now-familiar sound of the transporter beaming Enterprise crew members up from a planet's surface. I had a real WTF! moment as I stared in at the TV set. As soon as I got home, I grabbed the Radio Times to find out what it was that I had seen. And that was that - Star Trek immediately became my favourite TV show, and Spock was my favourite character!

    Leonard Nimoy seemed a really nice guy too, so he will be missed - RIP.

    *** My pal died recently and I went to his funeral a couple of weeks ago. Time flies by so quickly, eh? One minute we were teenagers together, the next I am watching his coffin being taken out of a hearse ... RIP him too!
  3. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    I was hooked since the first ever BBC-aired episode watched on our black and white tv. Homework and chores were ever after done early on 'Star Trek night' - nothing was allowed to interrupt, and my parents sensibly indulged me!

    My favourite Spock moment came decades later on my birthday in the mid-2000s. Both my kids were going through the angst of university, boy/girlfriends, money-management, career choices - and my advice to them occasionally included the need to try to stand back and see these things without emotion: I used to suggest (with a smile) that they ask themselves: "What would Spock do?"

    As I unwrapped my birthday presents, out came a limited-edition 6" tall Spock beanie figure, pointy ears, in sitting pose, analytical expression captured perfectly... the essence of logic.

    It resides on my desk even now as a reminder to myself when things get irritating or bothersome that I sometimes need to take my own advice. :)
    Last edited: 28 Feb 2015
  4. enterprise1701

    enterprise1701 New Geek

    I've been into Trek all my life and folowed its various incarnations. I vaguely recall rushing home from junior school in 1972 to see it for the first time on a new colour TV!. RIP Spock. He lived long and indeed prospered.
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