“Live Long and Prosper.” Leonard Nimoy gave these last words to the public via Twitter shortly before he passed away at 83. Nimoy died earlier this week after announcing last year the he was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Spock first spoke those iconic words in “Amok Time,” an episode of the original Star Trek series. The meaning behind those words was at first unknown to the producer of Star Trek, when the character of Spock was brand new to the world. At the time, it was simply a way for Leonard Nimoy to add a sense of depth to the Vulcans while providing cultural history for Mr. Spock. Little did Leonard Nimoy know that he would soon create a worldwide phenomenon and give his fans a way to salute him for years to come.