Friday, June 25, 2010

Is Leonard Nimoy Really Saying Goodbye to Spock?

79-year old Leornard Nimoy, who played Spock in the original Star Trek series, was honored with a parade in Vulcan, Alberta this April, and said of the event, "I've never had an experience as touching as that in my life."

He recently announced his retirement from the film world, saying last week, “There will be no more acting or directing for me. I’m not going to do any more of it," which means Nimoy won't be appearing in J.J. Abram's planned sequel to the massively successful 2009 Star Trek movie.

But Nimoy said nothing about retiring from fan events, and was thrilled to attend the Vulcan celebration. He said, "Spock has been a role model for a lot of people by showing dignity, intelligence and professionalism. I'm very proud of that."

The Canadian town of Vulcan, named in 1915 after the Roman god of fire, has received enough Star Trek tourism from its name to fuel the construction of The Tourism and Trek Station, a small Star Trek-themed museum and photo-op. The town has also been named "The Official Star Trek Capital of Canada." Vulcan has a population of only 2,000 people.