Nimoy has COPD from being a regular smoker years ago, which is why he doesn’t venture out to many cons and fan events, but he seemed very pleased with the opportunity to address the local Trekkies. From his New York home, wall sconce and artwork on the wall (a white silhouette of a woman eating a cheeseburger?), Nimoy seemed genuinely excited to answer questions, and health conditions didn’t impair any of the things we love about him. He has a strong voice, keen intellect and story telling ability, and a presence that filtered cleanly through the pixelated Skype image.
Though he periodically reminded us of his acting career outside Star Trek, he is very self aware of how strongly tied he is to his role as Spock. After all, it was Nimoy that came up with the hand gesture to accompany “live long and prosper” and he was the first and only choice by Gene Roddenberry to play the part.
“I’m now majoring in family and minoring in my career,” said Nimoy. Not all of the old cast were so happy about the new Star Trek, however. According to Nimoy, Shatner was pretty upset at being left out of the films and Leonard openly mocked him, though I believe it was the kind of mockery that only close friends can do. Nimoy recalls though that he had reservations about the revival of Star Trek when the Next