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  He Lived Long And Prospered

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015: We Have Been, And Always Shall Be, Your Fan

Just a couple of pioneers
Leonard Nimoy died today at the age of 83. I was one of those kids who were just a little too young to watch Star Trek during its prime-time run, but the afternoon reruns in the ’70s were my introduction to science fiction (and you could still buy those nifty “phaser” disc shooter guns, too, even though they looked like nothing from the show). And the animated series came along just before I aged out of Saturday morning cartoons. In high school, Trek was a nerd bonding ritual, at least until Dungeons and Dragons came along. And of course, there’s still the adult fun of enjoying every campy moment of Shatner’s scenery-chewing and the studio’s time-travel excuses to dig out props and scenery so the Enterprise crew could play at being gangsters or Nazis or cowboys. Read more on Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015: We Have Been, And Always Shall Be, Your Fan…
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Manic Space Genius Robin Williams (1951-2014) Burns Out Fuse Up There Alone

Don't have to Nanu-nanu any more
Robin Williams killed himself (probably) yesterday, and it’s got us sorting through a big messy box of pop culture memories. Yr Doktor Zoom is pretty sure that Williams’s first standup album, Reality…What a Concept, was the subject of theĀ first review he ever wrote for his high school paper — Williams’ comedy struck us as even funnier than Steve Martin at the time, and Steve Martin was pretty much God to us back then (and how is it that the Martin and Williams version of Waiting For Godot never made it to video?). Even on that first album, Williams made it very clear he didn’t want to be limited by a single role: when he asks for a topic for a Shakespeare play, the audience starts calling out “Mork!” Williams mock-pleads, “We’re not doing that tonight, man! No, no — I’m free from that, Massa Bob! No, don’t have to ‘Nanu’ for a while!” And when the chants of “Mork! Mork! Mork” start, he breaks out of the comedy bit — as much as he ever did, at least — and puts his foot down: “Wait, time out! I have to explain one thing. I ain’t doing Mork because this is why I perform here: to do something different.” The cheers to that must have been a huge relief for him. Read more on Manic Space Genius Robin Williams (1951-2014) Burns Out Fuse Up There Alone…
  Science is not a dirty word

Public Health Hero C. Everett Koop Once Again Puts Biology Above Politics, Dies

C. Everett Koop, the Surgeon General whose anti-abortion stance appeared to be a feather in the Religious Right’s cap when Ronald Reagan appointed him in 1981, but whose subsequent career as a crusader for science-based policy turned out to be a big black eye for the tobacco industry and gay-haters, died yesterday at the age of 96. Let’s take a few minutes to remember a man whose insistence on putting science ahead of ideology surprised the liberals who initially opposed him and flummoxed the Culture Warriors who eventually came to consider him a traitor. Read more on Public Health Hero C. Everett Koop Once Again Puts Biology Above Politics, Dies…