Unless you’ve been living under a rock this weekend, then you’ve probably heard that Leonard Nimoy — the actor who played the iconic science fiction character of Mr. Spock on Star Trek — died. He was 83.
Nimoy was originally from Boston and it reportedly took him years to ditch his Bahhstahhn accent. Astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this little tribute from the International Space Station — high above Boston on Saturday.
That, of course, is the Vulcan hand salute, typically used when one wishes another to “live long and prosper.”
I spent this past week in Fargo, N.D., where I taught staffers of the Forum newspaper company. Among the topics we talked about were ways to have fun with skyboxes and when to alter the paper’s nameplate. After my week was over and I returned to my hotel Friday night, I nearly fell out of my chair when I spotted this little gem on Twitter.
Sure enough, that was the Forum’s nameplate Saturday. Outstanding.
Several papers paid homage to Nimoy Saturday or today. Most looked rather like this one, on teh front of Saturday’s Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader.
The Associated Press moved that portrait of Nimoy, shot just a few years ago before his health began to fall off. Note the secondary photo of Nimoy, shot during an appearance at Eastern Kentucky University in 1978, around the time the first Star Trek movie was being made.
Also, note the downpage interview with Walter Koening, who played Star Trek‘s Ensign Chekov,
My favorite front page of the day was this one by the Hartford Courant.
That is essentially a centerpiece promo to a story inside. But it was clearly assembled by someone who had a lot of love for Nimoy and for Star Trek.
The Staten Island Advance led Saturday’s front page with a collection of ten “pithy sayings” from Nimoy’s character.
Here’s a closer look:
The folks in Pensacola, Fla., received the benefit of some great timing: There was a comic book/scifi convention in town this weekend. Sending someone to poll the folks there about the loss of Nimoy was a no-brainer.
My friends at the Villages Daily Sun in Florida went out and asked locals about Nimoy and Spock.
It’s great if you have a science fiction crowd in town. But this proves you didn’t really need one. Nearly everyone loved Star Trek and Mr. Spock.
The two major New York City tabloids were regional twins yesterday. The Daily News used that AP portrait with a rather obvious “Beam me up” headline….
…while the New York Post wrote a similar headline but stuck with a vintage 50-year-old photo from the original TV series.
My former colleagues at the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, Calif., pushed back whatever they had planned for Sunday’s Focus page and spent their Friday putting together this nice page on the career of Leonard Nimoy.
Jeff Goertzen and Kurt Snibbe get brownie points for pulling out a picture of Nimoy singing. Ugh!
Kurt drew this little bit down the right side of the page showing three seemingly mystical aspects — or abilities — of the Spock character.
The Los Angeles Times Saturday led page one with a fairly recent portrait of Nimoy — shot through a window, for some reason — and a very nice obit.
I didn’t quite understand the little graphic at the bottom of the package, though. Here’s that same little graphic, from the web site.
This turned out to be a little refer to a fun online listing of all of Nimoy’s onscreen appearances as Spock, created by Javier Zarracina. There’s a little icon of Spock for every episode in which he appeared.
Mouse over each to find out what episode it was and when it was broadcast.
As you continue to scroll down, you see variations in Spock’s wardrobe for the odd episode here and there — like, for instance, the dungarees and stocking cap he wore when he and Kirk visited Earth in the 1930s in the episode City on the Edge of Forever (upper right). Or his fighting stance in Amok Time (second row, second from left). Or the “evil” alternate-universe Spock from Mirror, Mirror (second row, far right).
The little figures are animated, which is guaranteed to make you smile. Especially the Amok Time figure.
As you scroll to the early 1970s, you find icons for the animated Star Trek series from that era…
…and then the Star Trek movie series, which debuted my last year in high school.
Here, you see the final original Star Trek movie in which Spock appeared, his two appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation and then his surprise appearance in the Star Trek reboot movie in 2009. Note the 18-year time gap.
I didn’t quite understand the little figure in 2012 until I read up on it: That year, Nimoy voiced a vintage Spock action figure in an episode of Big Bang Theory.
Fun, fun stuff. Go here to see it for yourself.
And then there’s this fine tribute to Nimoy by the Washington Post — which I would have never seen had it not been for my monitoring Twitter during my travel layover Saturday at O’Hare.
First, there’s this great headline atop the job of Nimoy’s obit in Saturday’s paper.
But the truly outstanding part was this fabulous illustration on the front of Saturday’s Style section.
That was created by London-based freelance illustrator Noma Bar.
Noma writes, on his web site:
I am after maximum communication with minimum elements.
Right. Well, he certainly pulled it off with this Spock piece.
Find Noma’s Twitter feed here.