R.I.P., Leonard Nimoy

Mr. Spock, everyone's favorite green-blooded, pointy-eared freak.

Mr. Spock, everyone’s favorite green-blooded, pointy-eared freak.

Mr. Spock has beamed up for the final time.

My favorite quote so far comes from The Los Angeles Times: “My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants,” he said in a 2012 speech at Boston University. “They were aliens, and then became citizens. I was born in Boston a citizen, and then I went to Hollywood and became an alien.”

I don’t know about you, but I watched me a shitload of “Star Trek,” mostly in college, when I was supposed to have been getting one a them, whatchamacallit, edjimications.

Here's a little LLAP dance for you.

Here’s a little LLAP dance for you.

I could Name That Episode about a nanosecond into any one of them, which made me a hair slower than Ed the Beard, a total sci-fi geekazoid who christened his beater Step van “The Hawkwind.” We used it to deliver appliances rather than Michael Moorcock-inspired space rock.

Spock almost always had the snarkiest lines, which may be why I liked the character so much. Scotty and Bones were too excitable, and Kirk was a dickhead authority figure, so yeah, Spock.

When Edith Keeler asked what he was building, Spock replied, “I am endeavoring, ma’am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bearskins.”

Chatting about Tribbles with McCoy, who said they were “nice, they’re soft and they’re furry, and they make a pleasant sound,” Spock replied, “So would an ermine violin, Doctor, but I see no advantage in having one.”

Discussing Harcourt Fenton Mudd’s having skipped appointments with Bones, Spock noted: “It’s not at all surprising, Doctor. He’s probably terrified of your beads and rattles.”

Well, now he’s boldly gone where all men (and women) must go. We’ll miss him. Live long and prosper, the rest of yis.

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15 Responses to “R.I.P., Leonard Nimoy”

  1. Debby, north of Crestone Says:

    Yes, I read the news too. RIP Leonard Nimoy. It’s a sad day for us techies. That was always one of my favorite shows and Spock one of my favorite characters. I’m quite familiar with all of the episodes you quoted from. I’ve seen them all dozens of times.

    Guess I’ll have to dust of the old VCR and watch one tonight.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I hope he didn’t do too much LDS.

    Rest well and prosper Mr. Nimoy.

  3. Steve O Says:


  4. Larry T. Says:

    I never watched Star Trek so the only bits I know are the catch phrases that were popular, “Beam me up Scotty!” and the like. When these guys kick the bucket it does make you realize that most who read this are fully into old fart-dom. RIP Spock. Time for a bike ride, while I still can!

  5. mountainhigh10200 Says:

    Steve O. Imagine having the presence of mind to send that.
    Larry, I believe that is the most famous line that was never said.
    Goodbye old friend.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Another good one moves on.

    Not too much moving around up here. About 14″ of snow on the deck. Expecting 2 feet in the mountains above 8500. Wooo-hoooooo

    Just did my aerobics for the day, shoveling off the driveway and sidewalks. Got to go down to the co-op for some victuals. Will get to see how the Tacoma does in real snow. I put Wild Country XTX tires on it which have that snowflake on the mountain designator. Also put 250 lbs of sand bags and my two spare wheels in the bed…

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      What, you didn’t use the snow as an excuse to buy a fat bike?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Kinda running out of room for more bikes. Plus, with the intense sun up here, snow doesn’t last too long.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        We got about 11 inches down here, so I broke out my Gym With a Handle® (a.k.a. the snow shovel) and did a few repeats on the driveway. Started with jeans, hoodie, gloves and cap, and was down to jeans and the Wallace Beery undershirt with sleeves rolled up at the end. Fat bike? I needed a kayak.

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