Sometimes I think I was born too early. This world seems far too primitive to be my time.
The one thing that makes me feel I was born in the right time was meeting face to face and speaking with people who, no matter how long humanity survives, will still be inspiring and delighting humans, even hundreds or thousands of years from now.
The first was Buckminster Fuller, who left us July 1, 1983.
The second was Isaac Asimov, who went into the void April 6, 1992.
And yesterday the third, Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy played two great roles. The first was as the single most relatable alien and alien/human hybrid, the ultimate guy to have your back. The other was as a man who found the way to open doors to parallel universes.
I am happy and grateful I had a chance to tell him how his work inspired me and several of my friends. I am also happy to know that there are aspects of his life that will live on, inspiring hundreds of millions of us in the years to come to boldly go where we have not gone before.
(Tell me that Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Bob Metcalfe, Vint Cerf, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Serge Brin were not inspired by Nimoy's portrayal of Spock, for starters, not to mention every astronaut!)
So farewell to the man who made so many of come to be at peace with feeling like alien/human hybrids.