Leonard Nimoy Retires from Star Trek Conventions

leonardnimoy300.jpgAfter decades on the circuit, retiring sci-fi icon Leonard Nimoy put in his last Star Trek convention appearance, waved his last Vulcan finger sign, and uttered the line "Live long and prosper" to a con crowd for the final time last weekend in Rosemont, Illinois. If you've been to Comic-Con or any of Creation Entertainment's Trek-specific gatherings, you know how much the erstwhile Spock will be missed; if not, here's a scene from an incisive documentary about the scene that pretty much sums it up.

Kidding! It's the opening of Galaxy Quest, which nevertheless seemed to approximate the real life experience of working a convention as a former member of a beloved genre series. In contrast, the 80-year-old Nimoy always seemed more into and enriched by the fan interaction experience than Alan Rickman's Alexander Dane. By Grabthar's Hammer, Nimoy shall be missed, but kudos to a well-earned retirement. (He has been, and always shall be, our Spock.)

Spock attends his last 'Star Trek' convention [AP]