Re: Leonard Nimoy, 83: Techies, Trekkies Mourn
Few actors can claim a legacy as great as Mr. Nimoy's. If the huge outpouring all across the world over just one day is not evidence enough of that, then some of the unique and unparalleled aspects of that legacy that you've highlighted here certainly are. The bit about being immortalized in a database he helped inspire really drove it home for me. It's not a stretch to say he had a hand in inspiring more technology than any single actor in history. A fun aside that occured to me is that your statement is literally true, because Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki, is designed to be read like a federation database (not sure if you were intentionally referring to this), and of course Mr. Nimoy is in it. There's a unique honor that few actors can claim.
By many of his and the other actors' own accounts, they could never have predicted just how profound an effect Star Trek would have on the collective consciousness and inspiring future generations of scientists. In light of that, the fact that his character (an emotion-averse loner responsible for spewing the most tech jargon) in particular was the one everyone gravitated to is a testament to just how great an actor he was and how much passion he put into what could have been a humdrum role. I learned recently that he taught method acting before being cast on Star Trek. It must have been quite a challenging task playing Mr. Spock that way, and it explains a lot about the depth of his character. We're wont to say 'he will be missed' at any famous person's passing, but for me, in this case, it's particularly true.