Leonard Nimoy and me,
Las Vegas Star Trek Convention,
August 10, 2008
These photo ops with stars move so fast, unless you slam on the brakes, they're pretty much drive-by shootings.
Here's what I remember about standing next to Leonard Nimoy:
His body was warm.
It surprises me how much that body memory stays with me.
Last night I had dinner with Lee and Faith, to celebrate Lee's 40th birthday. (I gave him a Gorn birthday card I got signed by Bobby Clark, the stuntman who played the Gorn.)
I was trying to puzzle out why this seemingly meaningless contact with Nimoy did mean something to me. Despite the fact that by the fifth and final day of the con, when LN appeared, it had come home to me fully that the actors are not the people who keep the characters alive--it's the fans.
"I don't know," I told Lee and Faith.
"It's not like there was time to say anything of importance to this guy. It was just something basic. You know? Something elemental--like something from way back in human evolution:
I exchanged mammal information with Leonard Nimoy."
Lee said I should put that final line on a T-shirt.