Leonard Nimoy has passed away. Though he gave up smoking decades earlier, he succumbed to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He died on February 27, 2015, at age 83.
Nimoy played the serious Vulcan character Spock on countless Star Trek space encounters, but he never tired of it. Years after the series ended, he wrote, “Given the choice if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”
Nimoy also created the now-famous split-finger salute which he based on a hobanic blessing.
“To this day,” he said, “I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior.”
R.I.P., Mr. Nimoy. Thanks for the memories. Scotty can beam up you now.