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12 Things you probably didn’t know about Leonard Nimoy

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We’re going to come right out with it —we loved Leonard Nimoy, and from the reaction we saw on Twitter on February 27 when he passed, you loved him, too. Nerds and blerds, neo-cons and Comic-Cons, LGBT activists and librarians, media personalities and grassroots fans all paid loving tribute to this American icon. Nimoy’s accomplishments are well known, or so we thought. We knew about Star Trek and his early movies and television shows, his directorial triumphs, his passion for photography and his Jewish culture, but surprisingly, there was quite a bit we didn’t know, including: 1. He could read and write fluently in Yiddish. In fact, both Nimoy and  co-star William Shatner were descended from Ukrainian Jews. 2. Nimoy…

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Leonard Nimoy: Actor, Vulcan, Renaissance man, friend

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It’s too easy to say that he lived long and prospered, although many writers will begin their remembrances of Leonard Nimoy with his time-honored catchphrase. Nimoy—who was a writer, poet, photographer and musician as well as an actor—prospered in a singular and unique way. He was the breakout star playing the breakout character in a short-lived science fiction TV series 50 years ago. His work in that series (and in subsequent endeavors) touched and changed the lives of generations of fans in ways that few actors have ever known. It’s not an overstatement to say that Star Trek’s Mr. Spock was one of the great folk heroes of the 20th century, and the half-human, half-Vulcan Starfleet officer will continue to…

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