I’d like to thank whoever posted these images of Leonard online earlier this year! Leonard appeared on the variety show “The Hollywood Palace” on October 12 1968, and he is totally in the groove here, baby! Nehru Jacket, check. Silk neckerchief, check. Singing a long-lost song, check. Times have changed — not only are modern variety shows mostly reality competitions, but I think you’d be hard pressed to find current dramatic actors singing pop ballads before a live audience. But this was a big thing in the ’60s, even if the singers weren’t exactly Frank Sinatra!
You can hear Leonard singing it here. (you’ve been warned). But there’s just something about 30-something Nimoy attempting to bridge the Generation Gap makes me wince just a little! It’s like someone of my generation (b.1961) trying to sing hip-hop! Well, at least he looks cute here.
According to tv.com, Leonard also appeared with the “Bottoms Up Revue” in a sci-fi spoof titled “Star Odyssey 2001 7/8” If any of these videos or other images of this shows up, let me know!
Today, of course is the 4th anniversary of Mr. Nimoy’s passing. Hard to believe it’s been so long already, but as I grow older, it seems time flies by faster too.
In this regard, although it’s still sad that Leonard passed far too soon for his family and fans worldwide to bear, what remains true forever is not how long his life was, but what he did with it.
One thing I always admired about him was his ambition to be more than just one thing to himself. He knew he’d always be Spock, but he never stopped being Leonard; a man of ambition, compassion, and endless curiosity. And that’s something we all can aspire to. His joy in all his pursuits from photography to writing, to philanthropy and in his ability to be open to all new discoveries in his lifetime was truly never a life wasted. He had a wonderful life, and never took his time on Earth for granted, especially toward the end.
In this regard, isn’t that what we must all hope for in our own lives? The expression “Life is short” tends to become truer as we age. I’m 57 as I write this, (April birthday) and I realize that all I want to accomplish in my life may not come to pass, but that doesn’t mean we stop pursuing our dreams.
In the spirit of Mr. Nimoy’s wonderful, productive life, I wish you all the satisfaction of a life well lived. May we all live Long and Prosper, and thank you Mr. Nimoy, for being a role model of a life lived with love, passion, and commitment to his abilities and family. Forever in our hearts <3
Another great candid I bought of Leonard on eBay; this time backstage at Oliver (1972), signing autographs for fans. I would have loved to see him as Fagin in that show! Sometimes when I watch the 1968 Oscar winning movie of the musical, I can imagine how Nimoy might have sung and acted it, But Ron Moody’s performance in the movie is unforgettable!
On another note, sorry I haven’t posted too much lately. We just had a whopper of a snowstorm here! (a bit over a foot). Hope you’re all comfy and well where you are! I’ll post again later this week! Thanks!
What better way to start the week than with a swinging 60’s Leonard?
I bought this beautiful candid photo on eBay. Leonard is wearing a groovy deep red Nehru jacket as he visits back stage at a performance of Macbeth. This was taken almost 50 years ago on January 12, 1969!
I loved the picture and that gentle smile so much, I made a black and white copy too, to see more detail. Leonard was one cool, cultured dude!
“There’s ya problem right there!” Spock gets horizontal with the Enterprise’s guts. A rare publicity still, although odd that those markers are on the rug in front of him! I think they were markers for where the actors to stand?