I have been a fan of Star Trek since the very first program, viewed by me as a high school senior in the fall of 1966.

Watching Star Trek as a group was a weekly occasion during my early years as an undergraduate at Stanford.  Watching reruns on an almost daily basis on my little black and white TV hooked into the local Ithaca, N.Y. cable network in graduate school at Cornell, was a way to preserve my sanity in the pressure cooker of an Ivy League graduate environment.  After a while, all I needed was about ten seconds of introductory music to know which episode I was about to watch.  I was overjoyed when the cast of characters came back in the Star Trek movies which began with the first one released in 1979 and followed by my particular favorite, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”, in 1982.  Over the years, I have seen every Star Trek movie and every episode of every subsequent television series which followed the original (even visiting the “Star Trek Experience” at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, twice).  I was one of the most eager fans to see the recent reboot of the entire concept in the latest movies starring “new kids” like Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.  As a nearly 50-year devotee of the entire Star Trek franchise, I was not disappointed to see how it was redone for another generation of fans (and, of course how Mr. Spock reappeared – twice).  I was thrilled with the success of these new movies.

Like many thousands (nay, millions) of fans, I mourn Leonard Nimoy’s recent death.

This article gives me a chance to really consider why Mr. […]