If you haven’t heard, Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. With his passing, I feel like I have also lost a part of my childhood.
My dad became a Trekkie with the syndicated run of Star Trek: The Original Series in the 1970s. Some children grow up worshiping sports heroes; my siblings and I were raised to recognize, quote, and emulate Star Trek characters.
Somehow I managed not to become a *true* Trekkie myself despite being immersed in every series and motion picture growing up. I eventually married my own Trekkie, and a chunk of our courtship was spent watching Star Trek: Voyager.
My best memories, though, are of watching the Star Trek motion pictures with my family and husband. I remember seeing Star Trek IV in the theater (and having nightmares about the “whale probe” for weeks). I was six.
We quoted Nimoy’s famous, “Live Long and Prosper” on a regular basis and were well trained in the Vulcan salute (I can still do it with both hands). One of our favorite, oft quoted scenes from Star Trek V was when the computer asks Spock, “How do you feel?” and Spock answers, “I do not understand the question.” When I visited Yosemite for the first time as an adult, I had to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” beneath El Capitan, just as Spock, Kirk, and Bones do in The Final Frontier:
My family will miss Leonard Nimoy’s presence in this world. Mr. Spock, your katra will live on in our hearts forever.