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Goodbye Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy has died of heart failure. Open thread here to discuss what his career, and his career-defining character, meant to you.

I don’t have much to say, because I was never a huge Star Trek fan, though I would have been if, in the mid-Seventies, we had been able to receive a clear, steady signal from the UHF station in Baton Rouge that aired Star Trek in syndication. I saw enough of it in third grade, though, to know that there were two kinds of men in this world: Kirk men and Spock men.

I was a Spock man, for better and for worse, and always will be. Contemplative, not active. Analytical to a fault. Pointy ears (allegory!). Alien.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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