Ever since we lost Leonard Nimoy last Friday, a federation of fans have weighed in on how a man most popular for portraying a Vulcan with restrained emotions had made such an impact on our lives. Of course, it was more than the pointy ears and logical attitude on Star Trek that made us love Nimoy, and it was more than his photography, poetry, music, directing or acting work on In Search Of..., Transformers: The Movie, Mission: Impossible, Fringe, The Simpsons or Twilight Zone.
Leonard Nimoy, as well as his character Spock, grew into a template on how to be better a human. He seemed to sincerely care about the life on this little Class M planet. Even if we only knew him as a character on TV, or as our honorary grandfather on Twitter, it is entirely understandable to be sad about his passing. Spock once said, "Change is the essential process of all existence," and death is part of that. But the thing about grief is that it often feels better to share it with others through memories and warm thoughts.
While don’t know for certain whether intelligent life exists across the cosmos, or whether they get a good wifi signal, but we still wanted to create something of a virtual eulogy for Leonard Nimoy from his friends and fans to send out among the stars.
From colleagues to well-known nerds to an astronaut and even the president, here is what they said. Feel free to add your thoughts below:
William Shatner has said a lot on his Twitter feed about Nimoy, and taken an undue amount of heat for (nearly) missing his friend's funeral. But Shatner conducted an online Q&A yesterday using hashtag #LeonardNimoy, and these were two brief statements that show a man missing his old castmate:
George Takei, aka Mr. Sulu, called into Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to say:
"You know, the word extraordinary is often overused, but I think it's really appropriate for Leonard. He was an extraordinarily talented man, but he was also a very decent human being. His talent embraced directing, as well as acting and photography. He was a very sensitive man. And we feel his passing very much, he had been ill for a long, long time. And we miss him very much. He'd been there for a long, long time, and we miss him very much."
Rest in peace with the stars, my dear friend. pic.twitter.com/D2dVG6I9Xi— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 27, 2015
Actress Nichelle Nichols tells People.com that Nimoy was "a true force of strength and his character was that of a champion." She adds, "Leonard’s integrity and passion as an actor and devotion to his craft helped transport Star Trek into television history ... His vision and heart are bigger than the universe." Also, if you wish to learn more about why Gene Roddenberry called Nimoy the "conscience of Star Trek," read about how he fought to secure equal pay for Nichols.
In an essay for Time.com, Walter Koenig says about Nimoy:
"The eulogies for Leonard will be affirmative, loving and respectful. That’s what people confirm after the passing of others, whether or not they draw an accurate picture. It is my honor to say that in this case it’s true; Leonard Nimoy was all those things. He had great professionalism as an actor. On the set he was consistently the character he played. In fact, I got to know Mr. Spock long before I knew the actor who played him. It was a mark of his integrity that he was so loyal to the role he portrayed. When I finally did get to know the man better I discovered his compassion, his intelligence and his humanity. All of which laid the foundation for his keen sense of philanthropy. I was struck by his integrity and his desire to be honest and straight forward in all he did. We were never close friends but I never stopped believing that if I ever had need for such a friend he would be there."
It is with sadness that I heard of Leonard Nimoy's death. I was lucky to spend many happy, inspiring hours with him. He won't be forgotten.
— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) February 27, 2015
Farewell Leonard. Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) February 27, 2015
We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) February 27, 2015
Feels like we lost the head of the family. Thanks and rest in peace, Leonard.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) February 27, 2015
My friend and colleague Leonard Nimoy passed today. A true legend, and a wonderful human being. Sadly missed.— john noble (@thejohnnoble) February 27, 2015
RIP Leonard Nimoy pic.twitter.com/uIcnvI8wNN— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2015
. @TheRealNimoy I have been, and always shall be, your fan. Thank you.— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) February 27, 2015
I just saw that Leonard Nimoy has passed on. We didn't know each other well, but I'm glad I spent the time with him I did. A wonderful man.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy brought us one of the greatest, noblest characters in the history of American storytelling. Someone find the Genesis planet.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy was more than Mr. Spock. But Mr. Spock is his gift to us all. Live long and prosper. HANX.— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) February 27, 2015
Has the Information Society released a statement yet? #RIPLeonardNimoy— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 27, 2015
"Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... Human." Farewell, Leonard Nimoy - Actor, Director, Pop culture icon.— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 27, 2015
Watching ZOMBIES OF THE STRATOSPHERE with Dad, Irish Wake style drinking & laughing is a good start to loving upon the life of Leonard Nimoy— Harry Knowles (@headgeek666) February 28, 2015
A photo posted by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on Feb 27, 2015 at 10:01am PST
#RIPLeonardNimoy This is one of my favorite photos and was taken at Leonard's house in 2013. My friend, Geoff Boucher, was interviewing him and invited me to come along to watch and drool, mostly. Even though I was a stranger in his house, he couldn't have been warmer or more inviting. We talked about his photography, Star Trek fan art and conventions. What a lovely man, and what an incredible legacy. The place in the universe that he occupied will be coldly vacant and deeply missed...
A photo posted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) on Feb 27, 2015 at 12:25pm PST
Here's a billboard that appeared in Atlanta over the weekend:
And a particularly poignant thought from Kaila Hale-Stern of Gizmodo:
"That was the thing about Leonard Nimoy. Everyone loved him. He caught your eye first as the finest actor with the most fascinating character on Star Trek. I always thought it was Nimoy who made Spock beloved rather than irritating, a proper, wry foil for Kirk instead of playing the straightman. Later he would deepen Spock's gravitas in the Star Trek feature films, where Spock was the linchpin ... He was much more than Spock. He was a vibrant, hugely productive artist, a poet and a director and a music-maker and a sensitive photographer of nontraditional subjects. On Twitter he was winking and wise and warm. He was the kind of grandpa kids dream about having, and adults too."