I heard about the death of Leonard Nimoy this morning at lunch when the obit showed up in my e-mail. As a third-generation SF fan (and an occasional writer of the stuff), I owe Mr. Nimoy a debt of gratitude for his signature role as Spock, as do many of us.
I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Nimoy give a talk at the U of Kentucky when I was an undergrad at a nearby school. Honestly, I don’t remember that much about it, other than the fact that he seemed genuinely pleasant, and the fact that as he would tell stories about working on Trek, every time he would throw a Vulcan salute, the audience would explode with flashbulbs. He read a few of his poems at the end, but I honestly don’t remember anything about them (and no, he didn’t perform “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.”)
So of course, he was as defined by his role as much as Anthony Perkins was, but he continued to do other work as well, notably a very nice performance in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the occasional foray into directing, including this music video (in which he appears as well):
Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. Thanks for the work.