Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the ripe old age of 83. As Star Trek’s Spock character, he touched us all. And in real life he was a wonderful supporter of the arts.
From his obituary in the NY Times:
His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).
Don’t miss the video above where he discusses the origin of the Vulcan hand gesture. It’s a real-life human greeting!
Let’s hope he is partying with all his fellow Vulcans deep in space somewhere. Leonard Nimoy will be missed.