A fitting tribute to a great man…Leonard Nimoy memorial, WorldCon 2015

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Leigh Ann Hildebrand, Ginger Buchanan, and David Gerrold share their memories of Leonard Nimoy with attendees at WorldCon 2015 Sunday, August 23 in Spokane, Washington.

A fitting tribute was given by these three to Leonard Nimoy, a man who impacted countless lives in the last half of the 20th century and on into the 21st.

David Gerrold, who knew Nimoy the longest  and enjoyed a lasting friendship with him, talked about the man behind Spock. He shared stories with us of a compassionate, caring person and how he put his own personality into his most famous role. There were times when I wondered if Gerrold would be able to continue, times when the memories of his friend nearly brought him to tears. It was an honor to listen to the stories he shared about his long-time friend.

Ginger Buchanan talked about the impact on her life of the Star Trek series and especially of Nimoy as Spock. Although she didn’t know him personally, she shared examples of how her life was different – and so much better – because of his famous character.

Leigh Ann Hildebrand showed us all the spiritual side of Leonard Nimoy. He was active in the synagogue and touched hearts and lives as a result. To end the memorial, Leigh Ann offered up a responsive reading and we had a time of silence to honor the man who will always be remembered as Spock.

In the words of James T. Kirk at Spock’s memorial in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, “Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”

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