Hero worship is not something I practiced or believed in throughout my adult life. A few came close to my personal standards; Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Stewart, and Leonard Nimoy. Muhammad Ali must be commended for holding firmly to his personal beliefs. Jimmy Stewart was a war hero, and an example how a man in America should conduct himself in public and in private. Leonard Nimoy’s depiction of a man who used intellect instead of emotion was impressive, but my reason for admiring him was his poetry.
His first book was released in 1974, and titled ‘Will I Think of You? In short verse he described feeling of love and loss. He had a unique way of expressing the all-encompassing emotion being in love creates. He followed with ‘Come be With Me’ in 1978, ‘These Words are for You’ in 1981, ‘Warmed by Love 1983, and ‘A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life’ 2002.
Few knew his accomplishments as a photographer. His initial publication was a mixture of photographs and poetry originally released in 1977; ‘We Are All Children Searching for Love: A Collection of Poems and Photographs.’
Not only fans but fellow actors and even scientists revered him. William Shatner, Captain Kirk on Star Trek, said he loved him like a brother and that his humor, intelligence and capacity to love will be greatly missed.
The cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Mr. Nimoy attributed the disease to years of smoking. He entered a hospital earlier this week. Mr. Nimoy was 83 years old.
By James Turnage