My Vulcan Savior: NDN Geek Says Goodbye to Leonard Nimoy
By Jeffrey Veregge
Yesterday I lost what I consider an Uncle. Leonard Nimoy was more than just an actor to me. He was equal parts family and savior. His portrayal of Spock gave me a hero who could look at the impossible and find an answer, a character void of emotions but full of humanity. He was every bit as real to me as the family that surrounded me on my rez.
Star Trek saved me, and Leonard Nimoy was one its angels.
In my darkest hours growing up, I knew I could turn to Trek. It gave me the escape that I needed. It was a wagon train to the stars—I was swept away as soon as I turned on my TV, put in a video or opened a comic or novel. Some may ask, what about God? I would simply tell them in my most Vulcan-like tone that I believe that God knew who I was at the time and knew what would best reach and preserve my fragile state of mind. I would not be here today if it was not for Trek and more importantly Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and Deforest Kelly.
Leonard Nimoy in Gunsmoke
(Season 11, Episode 29) Treasure of John Walking Fox (1966)
Some comments on the video:
I thought Indians said things like "paleface" or "white man" with broken English when they were portrayed in these gunsmoke shows? Nimoy talked like a college professor in this part of the episode...dressed like an Indian?
Damn, his acting is exactly the same here as in Trek. I was expecting to hear something about logic during the video.
In fact, he sounded like an East Coast Jew. I would've suggested doing something to make him sound less polished. Less like, well, Leonard Nimoy.
The point of Spock
No, a Facebook posting by Garrett Cook explains why Spock and Nimoy were important to Natives:
Another posting mentioned the biracial aspect:
Mr. Spock: The 'Mystery of Masculinity' Embodied
By Neda Ulaby
"In that sense Star Trek looks ahead to the society we live in today, where so many people are mixed race, mixed cultural background," Jenkins says. "And I've been thinking about that a lot lately, looking at Barack Obama. There's something in the [Obama] mythology that seems to echo our assumption about Spock—that he's someone able to bridge worlds. And he's indebted to Vulcan philosophy of IDIC, the Vulcan philosophy of infinite diversity and infinite combination. Someone who is of mixed race is seen as being capable of understanding both races."
Nimoy himself was aware of how Spock represented the outsider, walking in two worlds, as most Natives do:
Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968
By Gene Demby
BuzzFeed's Leonora Epstein uncovered this blog post from the blog My Star Trek Scrapbook, which features a letter from a 1968 issue of the defunct teen magazine FaVE! In a letter addressed to Mr. Spock, a young biracial girl laments that she doesn't fit in with either her black or her white peers.
"I know that you are half Vulcan and half human and you have suffered because of this," the girl named F.C. wrote. "My mother is Negro and my father is white and I am told this makes me a half-breed. ... I guess I'll never have any friends."
Nimoy was so moved by the letter that he responded at length in the next issue. "[Spock] said to himself: 'Not everyone will like me,'" Nimoy wrote. "But there will be those who will accept me just for who I am."
For more on the subject, see The Political Spock and Leonard Nimoy Dies.