February 28th, 2015

Dead Dog Cat

#30, 31

More books:

First is a book that I actually didn't "read", but it was read to me. I downloaded it as a series of podcasts, each one a chapter of a book written at the beginning of the 20th Century, called Comic History of England by Bill Nye, obviously not "The Science Guy". It was moderately amusing, certainly engaging enough for background sound while I drove. I downloaded it from iTunes; there's another one there by the same guy about "America" which I've yet to get to.

Then continuing to read the various Expanse novellas, I read the prequel to the series, called The Butcher of Anderson Station and I found it to be very good. One more novella, and then I go back to the novels.
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I've had a lot of meetings and a lot of paperwork at work, so it was a relief to get home last night. We hosted Shabbat services for the Havurah once again, and it was very pleasant. forestcats did yeoman's work getting the place set up, and baking challah; the dinner centered around a potato bar, and that went very well.

Tomorrow is the premiere episode of the spring season of Dungeonmaster, so I hope we'll see lots of you out there at the show!
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Yesterday's news of the passing of Leonard Nimoy hit early in my workday and it saddened me. However, my duties required me to continue to try to comfort or heal, while in the meantime Facebook exploded with posts.

When I had a chance to read some of the many expressions of sorrow, it occured to me that for many of my friends, they can't recall a time when there wasn't Spock as a cultural icon. Me? I started watching Star Trek from the very beginning. In those days before DVRs, I would miss a show here and there due to family committments, but I saw essentially all of them the first time aired. Most of the exceptions I caught in the summer re-runs. I remember the episode when the network caved in to fan pressure and renewed the show for the third season, and made a statement at the end of the show to try to defuse the campaign. I remember when it finally failed, with the Friday 10PM slot killing it off. I remember seeing him in a stage production of some Sherlock Holmes play in Los Angeles in which he played Holmes; one of his lines required him to say "It wouldn't be logical", and when he gave the line, he turned away from the other actors and looked straight out into the audience, who laughed at this Spock-like statement. I recall the years of reading the novels, figuring we'd never see Star Trek again, and then feeling the anticipation when the motion picture was announced. Of course, there had to be Spock!

My parents were friends with Nimoy's brother and sister-in-law, so when the book I Am Not Spock was published, my Dad got me a signed copy. In early 1982, I had the pleasure of going with my folks to the actor's brother's home to watch the Superbowl, and Leonard Nimoy also attended. At the time, he was directing (or possibly editing) Star Trek 3, and though I was curious as to the plot, I didn't press. He won the betting pool on the game.

I've seen him in so many things, now; heard his voice on so many voiceovers or radio pieces.

When a character becomes mythic, it means that others will take the part. They'll have their work cut out for them to take up the challenge.

Last night, when I led our Jewish services, I kept Mr. Nimoy in mind as I recited the Mourner's Kaddish.