March 2, 2015
I listen to a lot of classical music on the radio, and my current station is pretty stodgy — I judge a classical station’s stodginess by how frequently they play John Williams movie scores, and this one doesn’t play any at all.
But they played the theme song to the original Star Trek to announce Leonard Nimoy’s passing. And they kept playing it throughout the day, on the hour. It was like the geek version of church bells tolling.
That’s a measure of the impact Nimoy had — particularly in his role as Spock. Even non-geeks, even the most mainstream outlets imaginable, even places I didn’t expect an acknowledgement at all, marked the news. Everyone understands how important that character is as a model, as a symbol. As Scalzi said: Every geek just lost their favorite grandparent.
I don’t think I realized how far-reaching Nimoy and Spock’s influence really reached, and I just keep thinking, what a life. What a profound and meaningful life.