Leonard Nimoy Has Died

I'm still in the process of processing the information: Leonard Nimoy died earlier this morning, "the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week."

My first experience with Leonard Nimoy was not Star Trek, though obviously, his role as Spock was iconic and irreproachable and magical and added to our vast cultural mosaic a role and character that will truly follow the letter of his oft repeated salutation. My first experience with him was on the A&E series Ancient Mysteries. I came to Star Trek later than most, but from a young age I was captivated by history and the idea of lost ideas and concepts, and of what I would eventually learn is called cryptology. It was Nimoy's soothing baritone that so perfectly extolled these "mysteries" and lent the scientific journey towards discovering the truths buried at the heart of urban legend the gravitas that can inspire. No doubt my early feelings of skepticism were brewed in the comforting tones of Nimoy's narration. then, of course, I discovered Spock, and I know for fact that any adoption I have made of stoicism was nurtured in the cold logic of Spock's internal conflict. I certainly felt a cord struck when he found himself at a loss when asked "how do you feel."

I'm still reacting to this news, but I feel as though I have lost a teacher, a mentor. An idol certainly, but someone who more subtly and directly influenced my philosophical existence than most. Certainly more than people I ever actually knew in life. Add to all that, as the footage above and his frequent appearances on Futurama can attest, he had a hell of a sense of humour. Of course, better words have already been said. And they were as true for the man as the character.
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