Leonard Nomoy who was almost synonymous with Mr. Spock, a resolutely-logical alien he played on Star Trek died on Feb 27 at his home in Los Angeles.
In its obituary, the NYT writes:
His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).
The BBC obituary says:
Despite a career that also embraced directing, writing and photography, he never managed to escape the character that came to define him. At times it seemed the actor and character were becoming one and the same person and Nimoy battled with alcohol abuse as a result. But he eventually derived great satisfaction from the role that dominated his life
The Guardian obituary says:
In front of the camera, as the half-human, half-Vulcan Spock, he captured with delicious wit the tensions in the character. Spock’s logical, detached perspective could be infuriating to his more demonstrative colleagues; it also caused him to be amused or bewildered by the workings of humans.
Nimoy contributed key details to the character, including the traditional Vulcan greeting: a hand held up and the four fingers parted to create a V. This was inspired by prayer gestures witnessed by the young Nimoy at synagogue.
He would later title his 1975 memoir I Am Not Spock. “I was trying to illuminate the actor’s process in creating a character. I talked about the fact that I grew up in Boston and Spock did not. My parents were Russian immigrants; Spock’s were not. I’m an actor who portrays this character.” He conceded, though, that the title had been a mistake and had given the erroneous impression that he was trying to shrug off his best-known role. He made amends by calling the 1995 follow-up I Am Spock.
The Telegraph writes:
Nimoy redefined the character from the minor one envisaged at the show’s conception into the most memorable. When Paramount studios made the mistake of allowing Spock to be killed off at the end of its second feature film spin-off, Star Trek II, public demonstrations demanded his return. Paramount’s stock fell on Wall Street until the third film in the canon, The Search for Spock, was completed and the character was “regenerated”. Six further films followed.
Leonard Nimoy’s cameo in the Simpsons’ X-Files spoof episode, The Springfield Files, remains one of the series’ all time greats. Seated behind a desk, he sonorously intones: “Hello, I’m Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is true. And by true, I mean false.”
Star Trek wasn't the only time when Nimoy dabbled in science-fiction. In the mid-seventies, a pair of recorded albums came out — Leonard Nimoy reading out works of author Ray Bradbury who is best known for his dystopian novel, Farenheit 451.
We give you samples of Nimoy reading Bradbury's Martian Chronicles and the Illustrated Man.
US President Barack Obama issued a statement expressing his love for Spock.
While many took to the social media to express their condolences, the Canadian Design Resource led a call to action, encouraging Canadians to "Spock" their $5 bills.
Coincidentally, Nimoy ended his last tweet with the blessing that every Trekker is familiar with: Live long and prosper
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Boobli George Verghese, as Inder Malhotra pointed out, while reviewing the former's memoirs, First Draft, wrote "more books than many of his fellow-professionals might have read":
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Woodstock, 1969 | “With a Little Help From My Friends”
Saturday Night Live, 1976 (with John Belushi) | “Feeling Alright”
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A simple hashtag #putoutyourbats is all it took. And what a collective worldwide outpouring of grief for Phillip Hughes it resulted in.
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Hughes died yesterday, just days before his 26th birthday, having been struck by a Sean Abbott delivery two days earlier, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia.
Sydney father Paul Taylor started the trend when he posted a simple image of his cricket bat and blue Australian cap resting beside his front door.
"We've all played cricket in one way or other. We've all grown up with a bat and ball," he wrote.
"This is our way to connect and show our sadness."
Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist posted a photograph of his kids' miniature bats lined up on the front gate along with a simple message: "From the Gilly kids xxxx".
Watching Phillip Hughes, so boyish, cheerful and amiable, was all about the future. There was barely any past...
He had the attitude. He had the look. Here was a cricketer, we told ourselves, with time on his side. Perhaps he assuaged his disappointments the same way. Certainly, he handled himself as first reserve with dignity, patience and enthusiasm.
Thus the intensity of the shock at his loss. Hughes is the tomorrow cricketer who will now form part of history. He is not the youngest Test cricketer to die. That tragic mantle still belongs to Manjural Islam Rana, the Bangladeshi spinner who was 22 when he died in a traffic accident in March 2007.
But he has become the first to be cut down, as it were, before our very eyes — in the act, in full bloom, in the presence of his mother and sister, by a delivery from a bowler who just six weeks ago was his teammate in a one-day series in the Gulf.
—Forever young, that’s how we’ll remember Phillip Hughes
Gideon Haigh in the Australian
It's not been the same for the world Cricket community since Nov 25, and today was a tragic reminder of the fragility of life:
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