On Friday, I was only half-joking when I said the world will miss the director of "Three Men and a Baby," when he died at the age of 83.
But for many, over multiple generations, that old guy in the Bruno Mars video meant so much to those who "boldly go" each morning when they wake up and leave the bed.
Leonard Nimoy, who had a world-wide following for his masterful work as Spock on "Star Trek," passed away on Friday morning in Los Angeles. His reach and his work has been translated into just about every spoken language on this planet, and made-up languages for far off places that exist in the corners of the imagination.
The astronauts who just finished off three days-worth of spacewalk work on the International Space Station saluted Nimoy with the familiar Vulcan salute as they spiraled in orbit high above the heavens.
"I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love," long-time co-star William Shatner said on Twitter after hearing of Nimoy’s passing.
I have always found it interesting to where we look for inspiration, as we all long for finding our place in the world. Case in point, because of great actors like Nimoy bringing the lines of speech from writers to life, we find hope and direction in what really is only a distraction from the mundane of the daily routines.
Many of those bullied when they were younger found that they too could make a profound difference in the lives of many through engineering and science. Spock embodied the spirit and humility that logic and intelligence can do so much … but it is the emotional side that truly means the most. Although his pretend species did its best to hold the feelings within, we saw that joy and love is what makes all of us human.
"My heart is broken. I love you profoundly my dear friend. And I will miss you everyday," said Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the Star Trek reboot films.
It is astonishing that so much can happen through a TV series that only went a few seasons. It was the growth and the need of the public that called out for more that gave way to major motion picture productions, generations-worth of television episodes and audio and bound books that only scratched the surface of the greater universe that Nimoy played in. He lived long and prospered in this sandbox.
"Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend," wrote George Takei. "We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to ‘Live Long And Prosper,’ and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways."
PAST TO PRESENT: Fox Business Network is set to air two new episodes of "Strange Inheritance" at 8 p.m. Monday. Jamie Colby takes viewers to Baker, Calif., with the "Death Valley Thermometer." A family inherited the decrepit 134-foot thermometer on a highway to Las Vegas, and the episode shows the work needed to restore the landmark road stop.
Then at 8:30 p.m., Colby travels to San Diego to speak with a woman who inherited an unusual Civil War artifact, a bullet-riddled tree stump from one of the war’s bloodiest battlefields.
I love when history comes alive, consisting of tangible items that can instantly transport us to a different time. These two episodes shouldn’t disappoint.
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
Instead of sheltering his brain from the onslaught, Steve embraces the news stories, entertainment, billboards, blogs, talk shows and everything in between.
The former writer, editor and producer in TV, radio, Web and newspapers, will be talking about what media does in our community and how it shapes who we are and what we do.