Today, we lost Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83. He was hospitalized earlier this week due to chest pain and succumbed to the end-stage of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, in his Bel Air home. He declared himself an honorary grandfather to fans, and it is comforting to know that Nimoy did indeed live long and prosper.

In his own words, he was “Born in Boston. Went to Hollywood at 18. 16 years later cast as Spock in Star Trek.” From there, Nimoy catapulted into pop culture history and our hearts. What was so special about him, however, is that we were in his heart as well.

Nimoy was prolific in so many aspects of life and creativity. Outside of Spock incarnate, he was an actor, teacher, director, photographer, voice artist, poet, and singer. He meant a lot to many people, easily making devoted fans out of audiences. And that’s why we’re here, treasuring Leonard Nimoy’s legacy, continuing our adoration of this beloved man.

What follows are anecdotes and vignettes about Mr. Nimoy. Here’s to our favorite Vulcan and honorary grandfather.