"The walls of our youth crumble every day . . . today a whole section fell."
That is part of a text message my friend Carl sent me earlier today delivering the sad news that Leonard Nimoy had passed away. And those are appropriate words to describe how it feels to lose someone like Mr. Nimoy.
I didn't know him. I never met him. But I grew up, like many of us in The Basement, watching Nimoy as Spock on Star Trek, first during the classic TV series and then in a number of feature films. The character, and the actor, were such a part of my life, and the lives of his fans, that one can't help but feel like we lost an old friend.
His death carries extra weight with the realization other icons like William Shatner, Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford are up there in age too, and will likely soon join Mr. Nimoy. More legends will pass away, taking other sections of our childhood wall with them.
Mike S and I often "argue" about Mr. Nimoy's brief, and unnecessary, appearance in Star Trek Into Darkness. While Mike rightly believes Nimoy didn't need to be in the movie, I've defended the part on the basis that it could be the last time we saw him play Spock in Star Trek, and it was. Necessary or not, I'm glad I got to see him in the role one last time.
Our thoughts and prayer go out to Mr. Nimoy's family and friends. And we thank him, wherever he now is, for the years of entertainment he provided for us. May his memory live long and prosper.
"Of my friend I can say only this, of all the souls I've encountered in my travels, his was the most . . . human."