What's New December 2010

A Happy New Year to Irene and Ibolya, Jackie, Grace, Ribbonrain and Bonnie (I'll write soon, promise) and my readers known and unknown.


People Magazine has made available for download (pdf files) two issues that carry interviews with Leonard Nimoy: Leonard Nimoy Beams Himself Aboard 'Equus' and Out from Under Mr. Spock's Pointy Ears and Enterprising Leonard Nimoy Directs the Search for End-Ear-Ing Mr. Spock in Star Trek III. Plus one that is about him and William Shatner at a convention: Star Trek's Stars Trek.


As Leonard Nimoy said here in July 1967, he had decided to cut back on his children's exposure in magazines.

Adam, one can only assume, at some point might have wished his father had stuck to that when this interview came out in November 1967 for the exact same reasons named in the article above (even if the photo used might come from an archive). I certainly know that's something I wouldn't have wanted my parents to talk about in public!


Leonard Nimoy spoke about his Secret Selves exhibition, identity issues, Star Trek, feeling like almost adopting Zachary Quinto and much more on The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH. (Thank you, so much, Grace, for finding this.)

You can download it here.


California artist and photographer Bernard V. Fallonincluded Mr. Nimoy in his Hollywood at Home series of photos. A while ago some pictures that seem to belong to a similar batch showed up on ebay.




At the 14th Annual People's Choice Award in 1988 Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg felt the need to make this remark about their director during their acceptance speech (Three Men and a Baby won Favorite Comedy Motion Picture that year):

Guttenberg: Yes, thank you.

Danson: Yeah.

Guttenberg: And our man.

Danson: Yeah, Leonard Nimoy, who boy, I'm a huge fan. Thank you so much Leonard.

Guttenberg: Yes. Thank you Leonard.

Danson: And a little tip to all actors and actresses that work with him in the future, he does yell, but if you pinch him on the behind, he giggles like a schoolgirl.

Guttenberg: It's true. And thank you people for this award. Thank you.

Watch it here.


Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner presented at the 6th Annual People's Choice Award on Sat, 8 Mar 1980. Watch the video here.



On his blog Alan Smason writes about meeting Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley back in 1975 at Tulane University:

"Star Trek" - the final broadcast five years later

In 1975 my "Star Trek" brush-with-greatness moment came when the Tulane University programming committee (TUCP) arranged to have series stars Deforrest Kelly (Leonard "Bones" McCoy) and Nimoy appear as guests. While a crowd packed McAlister Auditorium watching "Amok Time," the episode that showed Spock returning to his home planet of Vulcan to "marry" his chosen mate, several lucky planners and I had the sheer luck to have dinner with the two actors in a private upstairs room at world famous Antoine's Restaurant. Nimoy wanted filet mignon; Kelly wanted seafood. The headwaiter suggested they have both. Other waiters kept interrupting the dinner to ask for autographs. It was very exciting and, as it turns out, expensive when we all were forced to repay the entertainment fund for what the dinner cost a few weeks later. Just prior to dinner, when we picked up Kelly and Nimoy at the Pontchartrain Hotel to bring them to the restaurant, they filled us in on what was then a new animated Filmation and Paramount Television series being run on Saturday mornings. Basically, it was the original actors doing voiceovers, so production costs were relatively low except for what the animation cost. Paramount didn't want to release a movie just yet because the studio was concerned about recouping costs from the original series and wanted to squeeze out as much of the syndication money as they could. Paramount did give in to public pressure, releasing the first of the Star Trek films about four years later in 1979. That meeting with Nimoy was also the time I learned about the Vulcan salute. Nimoy, an Orthodox Jew (Shatner is also Jewish, albeit less observant), used the priestly blessing of the Kohanim he had learned as a youth at his Hebrew school as the sign of peace. The picture seen here shows Kelly and Nimoy with a baked Alaska from Antoine's that bears the names "Dr. McCoy & Mr. Spock."

For a higher resolution picture and the full blog entry go here.

Happy Holidays



Pioneers of Television Teaser

YouTube description: In a clip from PIONEERS OF TELEVISION season two (premiering January 18, 8/7c on PBS), Leonard Nimoy reveals that "Star Trek" wasn't his first acting gig in the science fiction genre. See what outfit he donned before his famous ears. PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns for second season for a revealing look at the inception of four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, westerns, crime dramas and local kids' TV. Watch PIONEERS OF TELEVISION Tuesdays, January 18-February 8, 2011 on PBS.


Leonard and Susan Nimoy gave a talk on art collecting at the "92nd Street Y" in in New York in 2007.

Nimoy and his wife spoke about how they came to become avid art collectors — their interaction was sweetly and sincerely affectionate, underscoring their shared passion and hands-on approach to their acquisitions. The two spend hours personally touring artists’ galleries, selecting and compiling pieces for their private collection (presented in slide show photos of their home) guided primarily by how the work resonates with them, rather than by adhering to any specific trends, style or genre.

More here at vip in the city

2011 Appearances

On Twitter Mr. Nimoy has announced his appearances for next year.See also Trek Movie for more.


What Makes Photographers Click (2008)

An interview by Pix Channel. (Click on the thumbnail in the bottom row at the website for the video to start.)





Love. It Comes in All Colors (1970)

Love. It Comes in All Colors was a National Urban Coalition television commercial and print advertisement from 1970. It was part of a campaign to promote racial harmony. It featured political activists, and celebrities from sports, show business, government, and business.

The old television commercial showed an assembled group singing several repetitions for chorus to "Let The Sun Shine In" from the musical Hair. The refrain speeds up as does the editing, trying to give everyone equal time and ends with applause by everyone. The words "Love. It Comes in All Colors." are then superimposed upon the screen. It was broadcast as a public service announcement during shows such as the March 8, 1970 episode of The Ed Sullivan Show. Source: Wikipedia


In the article below we learn that three hours were planned to film the bit, but since all were highly motivated it got done in little over an hour. For better resolution go here to page 44 and 45 (or here for a transcript of the text). There is another one with a color photo from TV Guide here.

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Golden Globes 1988 Bernardo Bertolucci Wins Best Director, Leonard Nimoy presents.

Sex + Religion

Here is some information about the schedule and contents of the individual episodes. Use is made of Mr. Nimoy's Shekhina photographs to illustrate the synopses. The last episode will air Monday, Dec 27, 2010.

Excerpts from Sex + Religion with Mr. Nimoy can be found on the R.Michelson Galleries webpage.

And the Vancouver Sun ponders this important question:

UPDATE: I see that a burning debate is growing among commenters on whether Leonard Nimoy is sexy. To further this important discussion, I am adding a photo from Vision TV of Mr. Nimoy.



Membership to the New Orleans Museum of Art paid off for a group that got to visit Mr. Nimoy's home in 2008:

Sip cocktails with Leonard Nimoy and visit his home and art collection. Dine on the Terrace of the Bel-Air Hotel and discuss your favorite objects of art at the Getty Center and the new Eli Broad Wing at the Los Angeles County Museum. Enjoy the exotic food selections at Mr. Chow’s while sharing the restaurant with Jay Leno. All of these fascinating experiences were enjoyed by NOMA’s Circle members on their recent trip to Los Angeles.

Source: Arts Quarterly



In May 2010 Mr. Nimoy read Porte-Cochère by Peter Taylor for "Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story" at the Getty Museum. Here is a review of the evening's performance.

Leonard Nimoy read "Porte-Cochere," a story by Peter Taylor published in 1946 in The New Yorker. In it, an aging father listens to his adult children from his upstairs study. Not able to hear them clearly, his thoughts cycle from imagined slights to boastful challenges and into his own deep past. Once formidable, now diminished, he is losing his capacities—all but the ability to wound, which he does with terrible pleasure. Like many excellent stories, it was unsettling, and Nimoy read with quiet care, knowing when and how to strike. Dressed in black, his graying hair cropped short, he smiled warmly and bowed as he finished, as if to remind the audience that he was not the cold man in the story he'd just told. Immediately after, during intermission, I heard rumblings that the story had upset some listeners—which, as far as I'm concerned, is a good thing.


For Jackie. Something to cheer you up, as requested ;)

Take a look here and here. The second link has four lovely photos of Mr. Nimoy and Mr. Quinto greeting each other at the premiere of Star Trek.


Star Trek - Beyond the Final Frontier (2007)

The documentary, hosted by actor Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), follows the creation, preparation and final execution of a highly-visible live auction of Star Trek props from all five series and movies by auction house Christie's. The documentary starts with a brief overview of the Star Trek series and movies, and Nimoy then describes how Paramount Pictures decided to partner with Christie's to release and sell a multitude of valuable Star Trek props to the general public to celebrate the 40-year anniversary. Over the course of the documentary, we follow Star Trek experts Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda as they peruse a big warehouse and uncover a variety of Star Trek props ranging from models of the ships, costumes worn by cast from all series as well as other things such as weapons, tricorders and masks. Intertwined in this documentary are short sections of interviews with notable cast and crew members such as Patrick Stewart, Nichelle Nichols and Rick Berman that describe the history of Star Trek, its cultural impact and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's vision. In the later part of the documentary, we follow how staff members of Christie's prepare the selected props, photograph them for an auction catalog, display selected pieces at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas before they are finally being auctioned off in New York over a period of three days. The documentary ends with house-visits of a few of the high-winning bidders as they proudly show off their recently acquired items. (You Tube)

Paramount Pictures, owner of the Star Trek franchise, decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek(1966) by holding an auction of many of the items that were used in all the live-action Star Trek TV series. The items, stored in several warehouses, included rack after rack of uniforms, pieces of furniture, models of the various versions of the Enterprise and of other starships, and makeup prostheses for characters. Christie's auction house was chosen to conduct the auction. In this documentary we see how Michael Okuda and Denise Okuda, with assistance from the production staff of all the TV series, chose the items to be auctioned; the problems encountered in preparing the many of the unusual items for shipment to the auction house; and some scenes from the auction held in 2006. There are interviews with many of the stars of all the TV series (although William Shatner is notably absent), series production personnel, and employees of Christie's. Several unidentified fans who attended the auction and came away with treasured items are also interviewed.
- Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net> (IMDB)


Fixed Links


Fixed link for War of the Worlds & The Lost World Web Extra: Q&A with Leonard Nimoy (2009) L.A. Theater Works production, since it disappeared from their page. You can now find it here at Southern California Public Radio.

Leonard Nimoy's reading of Etgar Keret`s short story Good Intentions can now be found here.


The David Boze Show (2010) is now here for download.


Fixed the link to remarks by the ST '09 actors page 2.

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Some embedded videos were gone because the account they were on was deleted. Except one I found all of them elsewhere on YouTube and have added the new ones.


Bobbie Wygant Interviews Leonard Nimoy for "Star Trek II" from Atombomb.tv on Vimeo.

More interviews with William Shatner and DeForest Kelley here.


Leonard Nimoy makes some straight faced fun of William Shatner's career as a vocal artist when he's asked who's the better singer in this green room interview for the Joy Behar Show and says he can't teach the "Vulcan death grip" to anyone in good conscience because it's too dangerous.

Star Trek: The Original Series 365

It's a book full of anecdotes, information and pictures for each day of the year. Some are well worn, others have been rarely seen or heard, or might even be brand new to even a long time fan of the series. It was written by long time fan Paula M. Block, who went on to work at the licensing department of Paramount Pictures, as a "celebration of the Original Series", with a foreword by D.C. Fontana. Since I don't think I'd bought it on my own, many, many thanks go to Heiko, who thought it would make the perfect birthday gift. It brought back lots of memories of discovering Star Trek and fandom more than 20 years ago. Paula M. Block writes her hope was

that this book will evoke in you a bit of the same excitement that colors my personal Star Trek memories. Then you'll understand why so many people, geeks and non-geeks alike, were drawn to the program decades ago, and why so many people lined up at the theaters in May 2009 when the newest Star Trek movie opened.

Skeptical at first that it would tell me anything that I didn't already know, I found it became not so much about facts but about the journey that took me into fandom and had me stay a fan for all those years. Mission accomplished, I'd say. If you're looking for a Christmas present for a Star Trek fan, or need to give your loved ones a hint what to get you, Star Trek: The Original Series 365 would make a nice addition to anyone's collection.


Trailer for Pioneers of Television


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