Last weekend in Chicago, 80 year-old Leonard Nimoy bade audiences a fond farewell as he retired from Star Trek convention appearances. This Chicago convention celebrated the 45th anniversary of Star Trek.
Mr. Nimoy spoke to fans for over an hour about his early family life, his acting career, photography and Star Trek. It was an emotional experience not only for the audience but for Nimoy as well.
He was accompanied by his family and many members of his Trek family. The cast of the J.J. Abrams Star Trek appeared in a video to wish him well. He was presented with a celebratory cake which he shared with fans as they waited in line for his autograph.
I wish I could have been present for this event but I feel fortunate to have met Mr. Nimoy at two previous conventions. I'm hoping this retirement won't be permanent and that we'll see him back for the 50th anniversary in 2016.
If there's anyone who can stand as a representative of the Star Trek franchise it is Leonard Nimoy. He embodies the spirit of Trek in all he has done. I wish him peace and long life.