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A Closer Look: Details from my Humongous Nimoy Collage! (Gallery)

Hi Everyone!

Well, since my original might be a tad overwhelming, I made made copies of my massive homage and divided it up into eight bite-size pieces so you can see everything a bit better! This way you won’t have to got to the DeviantArt link as much either! Enjoy, and check the list below for images you might have missed! 🙂

Detail #1 The Banner. Along the top I basically gave a Spock Timeline. Beginning with a concerned Sulu seeing Leonard in his tiny part from Them. Then Spock’s evolution from The Cage to The Corbomite Maneuver, with a nice fact-to-fiction composite of wee Leonard (age 10) learning water purification during WWII, and Spock fiddling with some chemistry hardware in a publicity still.* Then Spock plays a Vulcan harp and Leonard plays guitar while Flamenco Spock puppet-masters it over both! There’s Court Martial Spock through Hats and Bloopers (and laughing on Platonious) while Spock cuddles Isis. Publicity Profile of Spock and my profile portrait of Leonard in 2013. And to bookend Sulu’s screen, Nimoy’s Bookshelf!
Detail #2 The Writers Corner. Where the collage began. I did not want to make this exclusively Spock, so I started on Leonard’s creative pursuits. Writings include his poetry and photography books, greeting cards and the full lyrics to Maiden Wine. Also a poster and scene from Never Forget, a beautiful, touching letter he wrote to a bi-racial teenager about how Spock manages in the world as an alien. A pink telegram to the White House; it reads “In the name of decency, don’t pollute with bombs” Posing with McGovern supporters and supporting the Writer’s Strike. Images from his photography books include Shekhina ‘linking arms’ with The Satyr from Secret Selves. A 1978 poster from his lecture series ‘Mr. Spock and I’ (where I first saw him), and a couple images from that event. A row of theater moments with himself as Theo from Vincent in the 70s, and my photos from 2013 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in NYC discussing Vincent. (what a joy). As a toddler, a very early publicity photo, and performing at the Pasedena Playhouse. Further down left, Young Mr. Nimoy with his parents, in High School, his Wedding to Sandra Zober, in the Army, Publicity still and poster image from Zombies from the Stratosphire, and family life with lots of love and dogs (more of this later).
Detail # 3 That Plaid Blazer and the Fan Girls. A cornerstone of Leonard’s wardrobe in the 70s was his beloved beige plaid blazer, worn here in everything from an early interview, through In Search of, Baffled!, public appearances and in The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Pat Boone’s hat too! And even after Star Trek was canceled, Cleveland Amory’s article wondered why women were ‘spaced out’ over Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy modestly describes Spock as tall, dark, alien, and exotic, with a brilliant mind and “Oh, so cool!”. But we know better, right? He got lots of love from his fans too, (from beauty queens to Playboy Bunnies) and never denied them their chance to say hello or even a hug. I included my lucky self among the fan pictures, as well as Louise Stange (his fan club president) Theresa Victor (his ‘Girl Friday), and my friends Bobbie and Linda. 🙂 I wonder who the 8 Lucky Ladies were who got to have Breakfast with Mr. Spock? I like to think women drove Trek fandom in the first place (e.g. Bjo Trimble, and fanzines like Spock Enslaved. Some prime examples of Spock/Nimoy canoodling here!
Detail #4 The Nimoy Kick Line. I had so many full length images of Leonard that it only seemed fair to give him a “Kick Line” (think Rockettes). The idea began with gun-belted Nimoy as a sheriff in The Virginian which naturally followed with Spock in a gun-belt in Spectre of the Gun. Three chilly Leonards in Patterns of Force, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and The Balcony, and so on with Spock, Paris, that amazing denim patchwork suit, bumping with Flip Wilson, Catlow, etc. You’ll see Dr. Mayfield giving Columbo a copy of I Am Not Spock and just above that, the same two actors in The Balcony.
Detail #5 Westerns, Family, Community, and Pets. Before Trek, Leonard made much of his bread and butter with TV Westerns and I found seven samples of him as a Native American, plus a couple of cowboys as well as all types of bad guys. But it all supported his family which made it all worth it. In this time his love of photography flourished, as well as pets. (Brunsie, Max, more) You see Adam and Julie grow from little ones to caring adults. And you see ‘Poppi’ with his grand and great-grandkids, as well as with everyday folk at telethons,political events, reading programs and ALS benefits. As Leonard wrote, “The miracle is this; the more we share, the more we have.”
Detail #6 We’ll Always Have Paris and Who’s in that Limo? Beyond Star Trek, Leonard found successful work on Mission: Impossible and so much more. I’d say that of all the Trek ensemble in the 70’s, Leonard was the most active. You can see him here with the cast of M:I and some prime Paris moments. He did Game and Variety shows. Yet through the rest of his life, Spock was never far behind, like those guys in the backseat of the Bangles limo here. Despite some initial trepidation, he embraced Spock and was grateful how that character led him to his dreams of photography and directing. From In Search Of to Three Men and a Baby, he kept on going, making many friends along the way.
Detail # 7 Golden Throat. Leonard engaging in his recording days, hence the Golden Throat. and animated Spock comforts crying Spock: “Hey, the albums weren’t that bad…” I threw a lot of similar themed pictures here, both as Spock and in real life. It wasn’t always easy, I’m sure it got tiring. But you could see the love in all he did. See several images of Nimoy just looking great, and four images of Leonard all looking up to their left. Bottom right Dr. McCoy and Spock with dear friends De Kelley and Leonard in front of them.
Detail #8 He Lived Long and Prospered in Life’s Garden. What better way to make a ‘finale’ to this piece than with a forest of “Live Long and Prospers”? The now iconic trademark gesture reminds us all to live our best lives, in the moment, in the world, with each other (it even helps us greet friends in the pandemic!) You’ll see Leonard with his sweet Buick Riviera, with his Piper airplane, with his wife Susan Bay and his Star Trek Friends. He passes the Vulcan greeting with grace and love for over 4 decades, beginning with its first appearance in Amok Time, to endless personal appearances, the double blessings at Conventions and in synagogue. In the center above his famous final quote, Leonard sends out a big hug. Near Leonard’s grave plaque, you see Spock nearing his death, but the memories and spirit go on. You can see an artist’s conception of the Live Long and Prosper statue that is being planned for the Boston Museum of Science.

Bonus Pop Culture and Silly Details: Spock and Nimoy inspired a LOT of pop culture. See if you can find all of these:

  • Funko Spock Figure in original uniform
  • Funko Spock holding Isis the Cat
  • Funko Dorbz Spock
  • Four Al Hirshfeld drawings featuring Leonard as Spock and himself. (Colorized by me!)
  • A “Trekkie on Board” sign
  • Animated Leonard with Spock Ears on Animaniacs
  • Leonard, in a Spock uniform fighting Bender on Futurama
  • Real life Leonard holding animated Leonard’s ‘head’ from Futurama
  • Leonard on The Simpsons
  • Working Daze cartoon featuring a tribute to Leonard shortly after he died.
  • The Nimoy Boar from Battle Cats
  • Mego Spock Doll
  • Mego Mirror Mirror Spock Doll
  • Mattel Spock Doll
  • Yellow Spock Stamp
  • A Spock Nutcracker
  • Calvin and Hobbes dressed as Kirk and Spock
  • Family Guy Spock
  • Squidward as Spock (aka Spockward, by Therese Bohn, 2012)
  • Mad Magazine, The Mad Star Trek Musical
  • A Dachshund figure dressed like Spock with “Live Really Long and Prosper” on its uniform shirt
  • A real Dog dressed like Spock
  • Spock as a Cat by artist Jenny Parks
  • Gold Key Comics Spock
  • Color Block painting of Spock (Artist Unknown)
  • Article -The Primitive Sex Appeal of Mr. Spock (Color corrected and reversed from original by me)
  • The Only appearance by Leonard as Spock in a 1960s Parade!
  • Leonard as Spock on The Carol Burnett Show
  • Leonard on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show
  • Leonard wearing a black eye-mask.
  • De, Bill, and Leonard ‘shaving’ with their phasers
  • Leonard on What’s My Line?
  • Leonard in The Alpha Caper
  • Two images of Leonard getting an honorary degree
  • Leonard with Gene Wilder
  • Leonard with Bernie Taupin (Elton John’s Lyricist)
  • Leonard with Arlo Guthrie and Michael Dukakis
  • Polaroid of Nimoy and Majel Barret in early makeup test
  • 3D Spock Animation (LLAP)
  • Spock with his tunic unzipped
  • Leonard in a bathtub in Catlow
  • Leonard in the plays Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The King and I, Equus, and Sherlock Holmes
  • Spock and Kirk as Muppets!
  • LLAP Emoji
  • Shatner as T.J. Hooker! (2)
  • Spock as a ‘Hood Ornament’!
  • Leonard ‘pinching’ Spock’s behind!

*Thanks to Bobbie for pointing this out 🙂

My Weekly Spock 9/23/13 Nimoy on The Captain and Tenille Show (1976) (Photos and Video)

Hey Kids,

In the waning years of the weekly Variety Show format Mr. Nimoy appeared as a guest star on the short-lived Captain and Tenille Show.  For you youngsters out there, a Variety Show was a weekly entertainment broadcast which usually featured comedy skits and musical numbers.  The closest thing we have today is Saturday Night Live.  The Captain and Tenille were best known for their hit song “Love Will Keep us Together” (Never one of my favorites)  and the producers at ABC figured this was enough to qualify them for their own variety show.  The result is, well…I’d still take this any day over Miley Cyrus!  Nimoy appeared in several skits here, the best (in a very nice blue suit) as “Alistair Bannister”, the host of “Masterjoke Theater”* where he performs the running joke that every guest host would  do;  ending the skit with a pie in the face. He also does a Shatner-Style ballad/poem with the couple.   I give him credit for being able to laugh at himself, and any TV appearance he made was welcome by me! Here’s his skits:

You can buy the whole series here. (It’s episode 5)

*Masterjoke Theater was C&T’s version of the much loved Masterpiece Theater with Alistair Cooke.