Working with Leonard was one thing, but getting to know him and forging the relationship that we did was an entirely different experience, and one that I never could have anticipated when I took over the role of Spock. Initially, I was coming at it all from a strictly creative standpoint. I wanted to know that I had his support and that I could utilize him as a resource and guide through the journey of discovering who this character is for me. But what I never imagined was how close we would become, and what a father figure he would be to me [...] The world is a better place for having had Leonard Nimoy in it, and I am a better man to be sure.It is heartwarming that the character of Spock has found a tremendous caretaker in Quinto and that the passing of torch was more than just a formality and the two Spocks shared a bond. You can read the whole thing here, but careful, you'll need a whole box tissues to get through it. Leonard Nimoy was a man who valued people first and foremost. As evidenced from his tweet, "I turned off the talking politicos. Too much jabbering at each other. Not enough care about humans." While I obviously never knew him personally, from the scraps of information that I know, I would have loved to meet him. It takes a special kind of person to be, when people love him so unconditionally, yet few have met him personally. As a fan, he has taught me much by just living his life. He has taught me to never get discouraged, to do what you love and most importantly, to remember other people. While I have yet to embrace all the philosophies, I have taken the first steps to at the least become a person I would had proud to be if I ever met him, and I can say that I am more happy and peaceful that I was a few years ago. As a farewell message, he tweeted for the last time, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory". Sir, you have been a major influence in my life. I hope to at least be the tenth of a person you were and if we ever meet in afterlife, I hope that I can proudly say that I am a fan. Rest in Peace, Sir. Live long and Prosper.
When the news of Leonard Nimoy's death first reached me, my very first reaction was denial. Those who know me can tell you how unusual that reaction is. While I confess, I am fairly new to the Trekkie world, that has not reduced the significance of his influence on me. I first came to know of him when J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise. I googled and downloaded all the things I could find on the old franchise and like millions everywhere, I fell in love with the character Spock. This led me to find out more about the actor, the person who was playing the role. And I can safely say that he was Spock and more. When he passed away last week, he was mourned by actors, artists, politicians, scientists, engineers, astronauts and even the the President of the United States. That in itself should tell you how big an impact he had on people with his portrayal of Spock. It felt like a friend was lost to us. In the wake of his death, thousands of tributes have flooded the internet, each of them as significant as the other as it tells just how special he was in the life of people. However, the one which stands out the most, is a brief but powerful remembrance written by Zachary Quinto for the Times.