I’m kind of glad that my mother passed before Nimoy, because she loved Trek unabashedly. She loved Shatner most of all, and I’m glad he’s still kicking. I actually like him better now than I ever did when we were both younger.
I think Nimoy’s passing hit us all so hard because he’s the first truly huge SciFi name to die – the one everyone knows. It also means the others aren’t far behind. Not just Shatner, Nichols, and Takei, but Ford, Fisher and Hamill are up there, too, with less overall health. Several of the classic Doctors are up there, as are Gandalf and the second great Captain – Picard. One Dumbledore has already died, and the other is having problems memorizing lines for stage productions. I don’t want to think about how old Linda Evans and Lindsey Wagner are. And I’ll add Richard Hatch to my personal icon list (Dirk Benedict became a serious ass in his old-age). Nimoy’s death makes us all realize that we’re going to face down every other icon’s death in the upcoming years, and many were in denial about that until now.
Anyway! Thank you for the reflections. I didn’t really see much extended fan comment, and I think the two of you did a terrific job with a difficult subject.
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