Anton Yelchin, better known as Pavel Chekov of the rebooted Star Trek franchise, died today aged 27 in a freak accident involving his own car.
Ad astra, Anton, you went far too early.
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It is with a heavy heart I report the death of Leonard Nimoy. A living legend has passed on. We will remember him in our hearts, our minds and our souls.
StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The legend — an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, voiceover artist, photographer, husband, father and grandfather, as well as Star Trek’s beloved Spock — died today at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy succumbed to the end stages of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), an illness that resulted from years of smoking and which afflicted him despite having quit smoking three decades ago.
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It was the 8th of September 1966 when the most successful sci-fi franchise in the history of television (and later silver screen) first saw the light of the æther.
So here is my little tribute:
And for all those who wonder why the frequency of updates has decreased: There is this thing called real life that is getting in the way.
George Takei, a.k.a. Captain Hikaru Sulu, has graced this planet for 75 years today.
Apart from being one of the most recognisable sci-fi icons ever, Mr. Takei has also been active in politics. For his work concerning Japanese-US relations, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, one of the highest decorations Japan bestows on worthy individuals.
He has also been one of the most outspoken and public civil and LGBT rights activists.
Videos like this one:
have brought him renown and carry fear in the heart of his opponents.
So today, raise a glass of Romulan Ale to Mr. Takei’s health.
March 1931 seems to have been a good month for living legends… After William Shatner, it is now Leonard Nimoy who is 80 years old.
80 years, still a young age for a Vulcan, I presume. Fascinating…
So today, we raise our glasses to the actor who embodied one, if not the, most iconic alien character in a sci-fi series in history. All others will forever be measured against the achievemets of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock.
But lest not forget the man behind the role. Nimoy is quite different from Mr. Spock. Amongst other things, he is a photographer and poet. Some of his poems can be found in A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life.
Nimoy has also recorded a number of albums, to greater acclaim and far less ridicule than Shatner. He even directed a video for the 80’s girl band The Bangles.
Hmmm… I am not sure what kind of drink is appropriate in this context, but you could play a game of three-dimensional chess in Nimoy’s honor today…
William Shatner, a living legend, has graced this planet with his presence for 80 years now. Happy birthday!
Of course, he is best remembered in his epic role as Captain James T. Kirk:
Apart from his long and very successful career as an actor, William Shatner is also an author, director, horse-breeder and vocalist (?, of dubious repute in the latter case anyway…).
So, if you can get your hands on some Romulan Ale today, fill a glass and toast this icon of Sci-Fi culture!