Now it’s Leonard Nimoy’s turn.  “Spock” is 81 today.

Spock was a major influence on my teenage years.  The rational, intelligent outsider, whose presence was always required to save the day, helped me get through times when I thought I might not.  His quest for knowledge, his acceptance of what was,  his ability to suppress emotions so they would not overwhelm, served as a role model for me.  Perhaps not the best role model for a real human being, but one that helped me immensely.

And a couple of episodes where he got his shirt off didn’t hurt, either!  (Shatner’s constant “shirt on-shirt off” didn’t have the same effect, for some reason)

Happy Birthday, Mr. Nimoy.

Live long, and prosper.