#LLAP: Goodbye Leonard Nimoy, and Godspeed

written by Justin Prince (@prince_justin)

It's a sad day to be a geek, it's never easy to say goodbye and it's even harder when it's to someone who played such a pivotal role in the better part of the last 50 years of what it takes to be a nerd.

Leonard Nimoy's passing is a shock, a part of me thought he'd live forever. But reality sets in and I have to accept that an icon is now among the stars. I remember watching Star Trek as a kid, from reruns of TOS on various cable networks to the movies, a major part of my childhood was spent venturing to the deepest reaches of uncharted space... reveling where no man has gone before.

Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration, an icon, and a consummate entertainer. He loved his fandom and for years attended conventions, thrilling Star Trek fans for countless generations. My father grew up on Star Trek, I grew up on Star Trek, and I'm sure one day when I have kids I'll show them TOS and we can laugh at how hilarious and cheesy it can be from time to time.

his last tweet...

We here at Lifted Geek wanted to first and foremost share our deepest condolences, not just to Mr. Nimoy's family... but also the fans across the world who are heart broken over this lose. I think Captain Kirk said it best during the final scenes of Star Trek: Wrath of Khan:

Live Long & Prosper: some of us at Lifted Geek salute our fallen icon...

"We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most... human."

Goodnight... goodbye... and godspeed, you're with the stars now.