In my short time as an entertainment writer and blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of my childhood icons. Legends I grew up rushing home after school to watch on TV and gawked at in wonder on the silver screen. Not everyone in the world can say they’ve met Captain James T. Kirk, Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Darth Vader, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and so many others I can’t even remember. One of the most memorable encounters was with the man who brought Mr. Spock to life – Leonard Nimoy.
As I sat in Chuck E. Cheese today, I was ready for a fun afternoon of killing Aliens and stopping the Joker from blowing up Gotham City from behind the wheel of the Batmobile. My cell phone beeped and as I checked to see what the latest entertainment scoop was, my jaw hit the ground and I felt a sorrow in the pit of my stomach. Leonard Nimoy had passed away from complications of COPD. Mr. Spock had joined Scotty and Dr. McCoy in the Final Frontier. Needless to say, my day was a little darker after that realization.
I count myself lucky to have met Mr. Nimoy in Tulsa, OK for the annual Trekfest. It was one of my first interviews for my website MovieGeekFeed.com and I was very nervous to even be in the same vicinity of such a living legend. I bumbled through my little chat with Mr. Nimoy and shook his hand. As I went to edit the video, I realized it was only one minute long.
All I spent was one minute in the presence of the man who played the pointed-eared hero I grew up watching on TV and on the silver screen. When not viewing their intergalactic exploits, I spent countless hours creating new adventures with my original series and “Motion Picture” action figures which included the renowned Vulcan. I didn’t care. It was worth the four hour drive and trouble I had to go to in order to get those cherished sixty seconds with him. Those were my sixty seconds with Mr. Nimoy that I will always have in my memory and on video.
My next run-in with Mr. Nimoy was at Dallas Comic-Con at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX. I sat through a forty-five-minute recollection and slideshow of the great man’s career. He shared anecdotes and jokes with the packed room of fans. Afterwards, I snuck into my parent’s photo op and got a family portrait featuring Mr. Spock himself. My parents have it hanging on their living room wall. It’s a constant topic of admiration and conversation with every guest who walks in their house. They grew up watching Star Trek and shared that with me… and it’s all captured in that one shot.
Leonard Nimoy was the sort of legend who never took for granted who put him where he was. He did his very best to give each fan who approached him as much time as an actor could who had a line of thousands of enthusiastic people waiting for their moment with him. I’m grateful that I was one of those thousands of people who clasped the hand that made the Vulcan symbol as he uttered those famous words:
“Live Long and Prosper.”