I was never the biggest Trekkie, but damn did I love Leonard Nimoy.

My first glimpse to the world of Star Trek and the character of Mr. Spock was the song “Star Trekkin’”, often played on a local Philadelphia radio segment called Kid’s Corner. “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it” was my first exposure to Nimoy’s famous Vulcan. I knew the Vulcan Nerve Pinch (probably due to the Spaceballs “Vulcan Neck Pinch”) before I even knew who Mr. Spock and Nimoy were. That’s how much of a cultural impact the character made.

Nimoy was simply perfect as Spock, a character so vital to the Star Trek franchise that they killed him to kick everyone in the emotional gut, and brought him right back in the next movie because it just wasn’t the same without him.

Nimoy was more than Spock though. His Simpsons appearances are among the show’s best, especially in the classic “Marge vs. the Monorail”.

He was also terrific on Fringe late in his career as Walter Bishop’s mysterious frenemy Dr. William Bell. My favorite non-Spock (well, sort of) Nimoy work, however, has to be his bizarre Bilbo Baggins song. It’s just too weird for words and I love it.

 

 

 

He will most definitely be missed. The world is a lesser place without him in it. LLAP.