In remembrance of Leonard on his birthday this year, I donated a copy of Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy by Richard Michelson to my local elementary school library! I happened to donate it on Leonard’s actual birth date; March 26th, which made it extra special. The librarians were very pleased with this beautiful book with its loving illustrations by Edel Rodriguez. It tells about young Leonard grew up in Boston, discovering his ambitions to be an actor and photographer, and how his faith influenced a very important part of Vulcan heritage.
I signed the book to the students and urged them to follow their dreams as Leonard did, and of course to Live Long, and Prosper! I hope the kids will enjoy it, and that Leonard’s legacy will live on with them <3 You can buy a copy here.
The librarian was delighted!
My inscription to the kids.
I hope the kids will be inspired by Leonard’s story. (me with the book)
Hey, even bad guys need a day off! I had fun manipulating this candid picture of Leonard during his run as King Arthur in Camelot (1973) into a relaxed Mirror Spock! Maybe he’s off picnicking with evil Nurse Chapel... 🙂
Remembering Leonard on his birthday is always a little sad, but it gives a moment to remember his incredible life and just what a fine person he was. This year, I thought I’d honor his memory with some of the wonderful fan art that’s been produced over the years. A happy heavenly 87th birthday Mr. Nimoy; you inspired many works of love <3
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. 🙂
Recently I posted a picture of young Leonard on an FB page that caters to vintage images (1st picture below) and, to me at least, it was surprising to read the comments. Many seemed ‘shocked’ that he was ‘attractive’ in his youth, readers compared him to Paul Newman, Kevin Costner, and Chris Evans! And comments ranged from ‘So Handsome!’, ‘Swoon’ and ‘Who knew?’ to “He’s positively scary looking to me!” and ‘Yuck!”
Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally (of course) he was perfection to me as a 13 year old. 40+ years on it seems he still had something that just made him beautiful. Not just the soft brown eyes, the hair, perfect jawline and warm smile, but especially that he was a genuinely good, loving, creative, and compassionate human being. It’s easy for someone who wasn’t familiar with him to scoff at his ‘unconventional’ handsomeness. To me it was enough that Nimoy himself didn’t find himself attractive, but he didn’t have to; we all saw it for him, and we loved him for himself.