From Phoebe, @DazzlingAddarSA:
“To begin with, I was never a big Star Trek fan. It was a bit too much before my time. However, I see no reason why that should prevent me from honoring the passing of Leonard Nimoy. After all, his wonderfully dry performance reading quotations in Civilization IV is one of my favorite bits of voice acting in any medium.
Whenever a performer leaves us, I think that it’s important to look beyond their body of work and look at the human being playing all of these different roles. Nimoy embodied a quiet dignity and good humor often missing in the famous and beloved. Being in the public eye is hard on people. The entertainment industry is a machine that chews up talented artists and often spits them out as deeply hurt and troubled people. Mr. Nimoy’s strength of character to remain gracious and kind even to the most obsessive of fans is worthy of the utmost respect.
Even more so, I admire his dedication to equitable treatment and pay of all his co-stars. Nichelle Nichols, a woman of color who portrayed Lieutenant Uhura, was originally payed less than her male counterparts until Mr. Nimoy (on the suggestion of equally wonderful George Takei) took the issue up with management. The Full Body Project was also spearheaded by Mr. Nimoy, who wished to introduce an appreciation of all forms of feminine beauty and not just those so heavily scrutinized and approved by popular culture.
I will not ask Leonard Nimoy to live long and prosper. He already has, of course, but more importantly, he is more signficant than a proverb or a character. Instead, I give him my best wishes in the hereafter and offer thanks for the ways he helped make the world a kinder place. We were fortunate to have him.”