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Friday, February 27, 2015


Nimoy campaigns for McGovern
While the world is mourning the passing of Leonard Nimoy, we should celebrate his life. Celebrating diversity and creativity was something Nimoy did daily. He lived a full life. He was an actor, artist, poet, public figure, environmentalist, and activist.

He supported many candidates over the years. In the early 1970s after Star Trek went off the air, he traveled and spoke at rallies in support of George McGovern for President in 1972. In 1973 he supported Los Angeles mayoral candidate Tom Bradley. He was co-chairman of the campaign. Once he quipped at a rally, 'we are a revolutionary people'. So true.

Nimoy would continue his activism for the rest of his life. It came out in his films, writings, discography, art and politics. Acting and Star Trek were a big part of that life, in his later years he embraced LLAP and IDIC (Live Long & Prosper/Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations) He did live long and he did prosper. I just wish he could have lived a little longer.

Growing up as a Trekker, I think I will most appreciate Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. I can remember many afternoons sprawled out on the floor of the family living room with my action figures and getting to watch it on VHS on the huge family Zenith encased its large wooden holdings. Not only was it good Star Trek, it had a story with an activist bent to it. It was rightly nominated for a Saturn award for Best Director.

"Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"

You will live long in our memories Mr. Nimoy. Thanks foror all that you have inspired from others in our yesterdays and all the inspiration that awaits us in our days to come.
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