Space… the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds… to seek out new lifeforms, and new civilizations… to boldly go where no man has gone… before.
This is one of those articles I never wanted to write, so I’m not going to write it. Instead, I’m going to wax poetic on the legacy, and the way great men and women can take responsibility for making the world a better place. One of the reason the universe created by Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy is so enduring is because of the message, which is one of hope and optimism. It was a vision where men and women were equal, there was no racial divide, with no gender bias.
“…“Leonard Nimoy was an inspiration to multiple generations of engineers, scientists, astronauts, and other space explorers. As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.
“NASA was fortunate to have him as a friend and a colleague. He was much more than the Science Officer for the USS Enterprise. Leonard was a talented actor, director, philanthropist, and a gracious man dedicated to art in many forms.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the legions of Star Trek fans around the world.”…” Charles Bolden, Administrator – NASA
Gene Roddenberry, in a exclusive 2 hour interview with moi, discussed his legacy and his responsibility to the future. He understood the effect his creation had a profound effect on a certain mindset. Instead of taking advantage of a situation, he remained positive, and true to his legacy. He decided it might be possible to mold minds, guiding them toward the future he envisioned.
During my years as a lobbyist and founder and executive director of one of the largest space activist organization in the country, I decided to work with the world of science fiction. I was one of the first individuals who was hard science to attempt and incorporate the world of the Trekkie. In doing so, I understood exactly what Roddenberry was trying to do. There are always impressionable, young, men and women who are socially awkward and misfits. They made nerds look like social butterflies.
Gene Roddenberry was very much correct. We are seeing his theory about challenging people, and making sure they had positive influence by watching those souls who are recruited into terror. He was well aware that a certain segment of the population was easily led. He was decent enough to try and lead them into something positive.
For those of us who mourned the death of the Apollo program this was a moment of pure triumph. At that moment, the future was in space. We had this amazing machine, ready to be created. And – Jimmy Carter came along nearly destroying the program. In those days, Democrats were to big science what Republicans are today.
I don’t mind admitting I am an unrepentant Trekkie. It made such a profound impression on my life that it changed the very course of my life. As a little kid I was a space junkie. The moment I discovered the possibilities of science fiction, I wanted that world. I have spent my entire adult life trying to help that world become a reality.
Fortunately, I’m not the only one.
There was something else, that Leonard Nimoy did in life. He was a talented photographer, specializing in female nudes. He also specialized in photographing large women, nude. His black and whites were amazing, treating the women who is to be forgotten as a work of art, with amazing dignity.
When NASA needed to recruit women astronauts, they called in Nichelle Nichols.
Leonard Nimoy is part of one of the greatest cultural legacies of my generation.