If you’ve ever seen Baffled with Leonard Nimoy and Susan Hampshire you might have noticed Nimoy wearing this brown bucket hat in a couple of scenes:
Susan Hampshire and Leonard in The Hat’ in ‘Baffled’ 1973
Well, I always thought it look a little goofy on him, but when I found out the history of the hat, it made me laugh, so here goes:
The hat wasn’t part of his wardrobe, but a piece owned personally by Nimoy; or so it seemed, since he wore it in public a year later while working on his stage performance in Fiddler on the Roof…
Great Photo by Bobbie Reno
But wait! Turns out Nimoy was not the original owner! It belonged to singer Pat Boone! According to legend, during Leonard’s recording career, he was using the same studio as crooner Pat Boone. At one point, Leonard spied the hat and took a fancy to it. So much so, it went home with him…
Here’s the photo Pat wearing the hat on a TV appearance in the early 60’s:
And Leonard must have loved it a lot (sans original feather) for he still had it in 1984 during a college appearance! 🙂 Did Pat give it to him? Did he ever get it back? The world may never know.
Leonard in 1984, Photo by Bonnie Moss
Well, here’s one I’ve NEVER seen! Prime Nimoy in the 1950’s! Thanks to Monica Reinoso for finding this!!!
UPDATE: It’s on eBay for a few more days and the price is skyrocketing! (Thanks Bobbie!) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Star-Trek-Icon-Leonard-Nimoy-Vintage-1950s-Early-Career-Portrait-Photograph-Rare/292377986411?hash=item441316056b:g:REYAAOSwywRaOonc
Going through my files, I found many a picture of Leonard owned by Getty Images, so here’s a nice selection. Leonard with Susan, Performing in the 1960s, and posing for publicity pics. I never knew him, but I just miss his beautiful humanity.
NEW YORK- MARCH 27: Leonard Nimoy and wife Susan Bay pose at the Opening Night Party for “Urban Cowboy” on Broadway at the Marriot Marquis Ballroom on March 27, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
The only thing that bugs me about this picture is that it’s always posted backward! (note hair is parted wrong and wedding ring on ‘right’ hand), but hey it’s still Leonard. 🙂
I think it’s always good to start the week off with a smile! Leonard had such a warm, genuine smile 🙂
“Hello, I’m Spock! I’ll be your entertainment for the evening. May I start with Vulcan love sonnet?” Great promo shot from ’66
Did you know that May is National Mental Health Month? Such an important condition, and one that its own sufferers are often too ashamed to get help for fear of being stigmatized. Never neglect a loved one who is going through their own personal hell; they need all the help they can get.
On a lighter note, here’s Leonard in his 1974 stage performance as Randall McMurphy, the wrongly institutionalized patient in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Boy I would have loved to see this.
(and yeah, it helps that he’s just in a towel…)