Inspiring to the end, the final tweet of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek:
Today, the Prime Minister of Israel gave a historic speech before Congress. Also, a vocal critic of the Russian president was shot to death recently near the Kremlin.
But if you’re a nerd like me, the big issue on your mind is:
WAS WILLIAM SHATNER IN THE WRONG FOR NOT ATTENDING LEONARD NIMOY’S FUNERAL?
Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk on Star Trek opposite Nimoy’s Mr. Spock, stated he was unable to attend the funeral of his longtime co-star as he had already committed to a Red Cross fundraiser in Florida. Over the weekend, he was bombarded on Twitter by critics claiming he should have dropped everything to make it to the service of the man who portrayed his highly logical science officer.
No. In no particular reason, here are some reasons why:
Finally, what would a Vulcan say about all this?
ME: Hello Mr. Vulcan. Should William Shatner drop a charity event he committed to, spend a ton of money on a last minute private jet charter to fly across the country only to attend a funeral that in the end, probably won’t make him feel any better about losing his friend anyway?
VULCAN: No. That would be highly illogical. Stay at the charity event. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
There you go nerds. Let’s give our Captain a break.
Statement by the President on the Passing of Leonard Nimoy
Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
I loved Spock.
In 2007, I had the chance to meet Leonard in person. It was only logical to greet him with the Vulcan salute, the universal sign for “Live long and prosper.” And after 83 years on this planet – and on his visits to many others – it’s clear Leonard Nimoy did just that. Michelle and I join his family, friends, and countless fans who miss him so dearly today.
I just want to point out one part:
“Long before being nerdy was cool…”
We are now in a time when being nerdy is cool. Do you remember a time when it wasn’t? I do. It wasn’t fun. Kind of bittersweet, isn’t it?
The White House has official stated nerdy=cool and recognized Nimoy as a pioneer of nerdyness. We live in good times.
Well, ok, aside from all of the other atrocities you hear about on TV everyday…but beside those, we live in good times when it comes to being a nerd.
RIP Leonard Nimoy/Spock. I have set my phaser on sad.
What was your favorite Spock moment?