February 27th, 2015 is a sad day for nerds everywhere. It’s the day that we lost Leonard Nimoy, best known for portraying Spock in Star Trek. Now, I’m not much of a trekkie, but there is no denying Leonard Nimoy a spot in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame. I didn’t grow up watching Star Trek. I grew up watching The Simpsons and Nimoy made a guest appearance in an episode called “Marge vs. the Monorail” as a caricaturized version of himself. That was my first memory of him and it was a good one, one that will forever be etched into the happy part of my brain.
Leonard Nimoy will forever be linked to Spock and Star Trek, but he did a lot of other memorable things. He directed Three Men and a Baby. He sang a song about Bilbo Baggins decades before The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released. He wrote two conflicting autobiographies called I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock. I still don’t know which to believe.
A celebrity death is a shared death. We may not have known them personally, but you still feel like you know them. They made a mark on your life in some way. Leonard Nimoy portrayed one of the most recognized and respected fictional characters of all time. He deserves to be remembered. And you should feel like you lost somebody you care about because you did.
Critically Rated at 15/17
Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young