Las Vegas Convention 2011 August 13
Conventions

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2011 August 11 - 14

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To watch this con go to http://www.startrek.com/live, you'll get a ticket online.

This 45th Star Trek Convention in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas 2011 August 11th - 14th set the record as largest Star Trek convention in history.  


Scroll down for a video of the event and Melinda's and Bonnie's photo with Leonard Nimoy. Melinda, thank you for sharing so many of your photos with us! (Most photos are by Melinda Kettler)

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(This picture is from Friday, August 12th
by Jay David Murphy)

altThunderous applause greets him as he enters the stage. Then Leonard shares his favorite stories and tells us that this will be the last time we can listen to them.
He shares his biography and underlines the milestones in his life with photos. (Full summary: See below)

altIn the end he says:
Whatever work we do, we are all involved in a creative process. Each one of you is in a creative process with your lives. How to live creatively, how to do it interesting, what to do each day. To make the day worthwhile and your life interesting is a creative process. On the wall in my study I have a piece of writing which is sort of my credo about creativity. It says:

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I heard the solemn whisper of the god of all arts:
I shall give you hunger and pain and sleepless nights,
also beauty and satisfaction known to few and glimpses of the heavenly light.

None of these shall you have continually,
they are coming and going. You shall not be foretold.


This pretty much sums up the creative process, the creative life of the artist.

(Breathing hard) I  .... thank you.

He recites
I am an incurable romantic   [see below for the whole paltoem] and says [I was very moved when] -his voice was beginning to tremble now-:

My friends, this is a very special event for me. I am saying "good-bye" for this event for me. I have been here with you for many years and I am filled with gratitude - to you and to Star Trek. For them and for me the opportunity had been given. My family, all of us thank you so much! May you all live long and prosper! Thank you.
[Applause and cheers]  Thank you!
Leonard becomes emotional and decides to leave the stage for a moment.

Leonard Nimoy comes back on stage once more and bids farewell for Las Vegas.

These two photos above by TREKNEWS.net.

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Saturday (Scroll down for a video)

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(This picture was shot on Friday, August 12th by Jay David Murphy; see: Articles and Quotes "Leonard Nimoy says goodby at Star Trek convention)

At the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention 2011 August 13

Then the cover version of Bruno Mars' song "The Lazy Song" is shown.
Leonard Nimoy is introduced. "This will be the final appearance of Mr. Nimoy"  ... his career is summarized and he is welcomed.
It takes a moment until he enters the stage.alt

Receiving a tremendous applause and cheers he says: Thank you!
So, how did I get involved with Bruno Mars? ... (He explains that Aaron Bay-Chuck - his stepson and son of his wife, altSusan Bay, and John Chuck [the Klingon ambassador in ST VI] - and Bruno Mars work together and that he was asked to appear in a cameo.)

Leonard shares about his parents coming from Russia to the USA.  ...
Star Trek went on the air in 1966 ....  people trying to see him, going through the shrubbery in his garden,  .... his life went crazy ....

Read the favorite stories in full length under  ...link...alt

Leonard remembers the curtain in the Elisabeth Peabody Playhouse in Boston where he acted as a teenager. The bottom of the curtain - embroidered in Gothic letters - said: "Act well your part - there all honor lies".alt
Leonard Nimoy: I took that very seriously. It means something. It means something to be honorable, it means something to act well, to bring honor to the work that you do.
I took that very seriously.

altTalking about "Awake and Sing!": How do you find for yourself the right path in life? How do you find the right career, the right job for yourself? How do you find a partner for yourself, a girl-friend or whatever? How do you get along? How do you find that way you fit in this life? This character was having that struggle and so was I. And I so identified with it. And I thought: if I gonna do this kind of work, a work which would engage me this way, which means something to an audience, to enlighten an audience on the human condition, I consider myself blessed. And I decided to become an actor.
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The last movie what I saw before leaving Boston was Henry 5th....  link  for full summary.
"The fewer live, the greater share of honor". - There was that word again!

altLeonard shares about his early time in Los Angeles, .... Zombies of the Stratosphere, .... working in other jobs, selling freezers, cleaning fish tanks, ... his time in the army, .... He shows various slides on a big screen.
Leonard shows photos of his time in Boston, of Zombies of the Stratosphere, his army time, spending three years serving Uncle Sam as they say, .... driving a taxi, meeting John F. Kennedy 1956 - before he was nationally known, .... he said: "Just keep in mind: There is always room for one more good one."
In those years I got a foothold in TV. I acted in Rawhide, I was in Bonanza, in Wagon Train. ... science fiction became the new frontier, the frontier in those years as Westerns.
I acted in a play called "Deathwatch". ... we got great reviews in Los Angeles. ... Dr. Kildare, The Lieutenant, ...
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Star Trek, ....

It as intense. I was in the habit of gulping honey at three or four in the afternoon, because I was working 12 hour days. ...
It was hard work, but it was exciting work,
... I enjoyed it very much, ....
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(about "Amok Time") .... I said to the director: I think we should have something special ... altthat's me demonstrating what it looks like when they were doing that (referring to the Khohanim blessing the congregation with the V-shaped hand-position). ... I said to the director: What if we were doing that?
And he said: Okay.
... and that's how we got it into Star Trek.

 

 

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That's my son Adam on the set visiting. They took him off to the make-up department and put pointed ears on him and surprised me with him. Adam celebrated his 55th birthday last week.


He is a wonder teacher of actors and directors in Los Angeles now, great guy with a couple of wonderful children. I am very proud of Adam.

Leonard reads the correspondence he had had with Paramount about pens and pencils at the time he received a tremendous lot of fan-mails: " ...  it is not intended, nor is it specifically agreed that we would furnish you with pens, pencils etc ..."
His answer contained amongst others:  " ...  I hasten to assure you that we are no longer in need to repeat this request for some time, since my secretary and I have gone to various offices around the studio and managed to steal all the pens and pencils we need. "
(Laughter and applause)

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some guys having fun.

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.....  I went on to work in Mission:Impossible. This is me and Leslie Ann Warren in one of the episodes. .... I did it for two seasons and I enjoyed it. But then, after two years, frankly, I thought, I have enough of it.  ......  the character I was playing had no internal life. Spock certainly did and it was interesting to play and interesting to experience what Spock was going through. ... in Mission:Impossible I put on disguises and was somebody else. So I got kind of bored with it and I left the show. 

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I went back into school. I went to UCLA and I learned photography. .... and began to work making pictures.

By the way somebody asked me yesterday whether my prints are available and the answer is "Yes". leonardnimoyphotography.com  ...
.. Here we see an example of the kind of photography I was doing in the early seventies.

This is a picture of my parents  ....
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... some early work  ...

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This is a self-portrait which I did of myself more recently. ...

.... my collection is in a number of museums around the country.  ...

In the early years I as used to carry around cameras and shoot pictures. .... 

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I was cast to play with Ingrid Bergman, that was a thrill.  ...
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This was in Marocco, I played the prophet Samuel. ....

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...in Catlow ...

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... Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof ...

Talking about "I Am Not Spock", the boy-at-the-airport-story .... I also wrote: "I love the character and I would do it again and again every time".

About Star Trek I ....

Star Trek II which was a terrific movie, I was hired to direct Star Trek III which altI enjoyed very, very much. In the "Search for Spock" we had to find him, you know?  In the end of Star Trek II where Spock had died, saving the Enterprise, and Spirk, eh, Kirk, (laughing) Spirk!; (laughing) Don't you love it? .....
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...  Star Trek IV ....



altThree Men and a Baby, .... Alien Voices. We did science fiction classics. And by the way: Those shows are now becoming available for downloading. You will get them at alienvoices.net.

All I wanted to do, all I really wanted to do is to make a living as an actor. And I worked hard at it. And as far as honor is concerned I have a few Emmy nominations, I have a few Lifetime-Achievement Awards, four honored doctorates and popularity. "Popularity" by the way, Victor Hugo had said, "is the very crumbs of greatness".  ... Do I have an identity issue? Of course! If somebody calls out "Spock!", I am the one who's head turns.

I have walked alone seeking answers
I have walked alone chasing dreams
I have tried to prove my worth to worthless judges
I have cried my pain in silent screams
I have sometimes served a touch of kindness
I have wandered in golden fields of grace
I have been released by honest laughter
I have touched the Western wall of the Holy Place
I have soared alone above the cloud heads
I have walked the deep dark tunnels of the earth
I have dined with mystics and with prophets
I have heard the pain of woman giving birth
I have been sought after as a teacher
I have been refused the laurel wreath
I have heard the thunder blast of sunrise
and I have watched the final touch of death
I have played the rules set by the master

though often I didn't understand the game
I have worn more masks than I remember
I have been a face without a name
    And when like you I ask the final question
           Who on earth am I supposed to be
              I always come full circle to the answer
                  Me,
                     only me,
                          always me

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I believe in living a creative life
I believe in bringing more to the party
I believe in showing up, in using both sides of my brain
I believe in being passionate in my work


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Shekhinah - the book of photography originates from the Shekhinah, the feminine aspect of God entering the synagogue.

... Most recently a book about secret selves.  Go to leonardnimoyphotography.com

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Whatever work we do, we are all involved in the creative process. Each and everyone of you is in a creative process with your lives. How to live it creatively? How to live it interestingly? ..alt
On the wall in my study I have a piece of writing which is sort of my credo about creativity [by Edward Booth]. It says:
I heard the solemn whisper of the god of all arts:
I shall give you hunger and pain and sleepless nights,
also beauty and satisfaction known to few and glimpses of the heavenly light.
None of these shall you have continually,
they are coming and going. You shall not be foretold.

And that pretty much sums up the creative life of an artist.

(Breathing hard) I  .... thank you.

I believe in hope, dreams and decency

                     I believe in love,
                     Tenderness and kindness.

I believe in mankind.


                    I believe in goodness,
                    Mercy and charity
                    I believe in a universal spirit
                    I believe in casting bread

                   Upon the waters.

                         I am awed by the snow-capped mountains

                         By the vastness of oceans.

                              I am moved by a couple
                             Of any age – holding hands
                             As they walk through city streets.

                       A living creature in pain
                       Makes me shudder with sorrow
                       A seagull’s cry fills me
                       With a sense of mystery.

                             A river or stream
                             Can move me to tears
                             A lake nestling in a valley
                             Can bring me peace.

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I wish for all mankind
The sweet simple joy
That we have found together.

I know that it will be.
And we shall celebrate
We shall taste the wine
And the fruit.


Celebrate the sunset and the sunrise
              the cold and the warmth
              the sounds and the silences and
              the voices of the children.

Celebrate the dreams and hopes
Which have filled the souls of
All decent men and women.

              We shall lift our glasses and toast
              With tears of joy.

My friends, ... this is a very special event for me. I am saying "good-bye" talto this event for me. I have been here with you for many years and I am filled with gratitude - to you and to Star Trek. For them and for me the opportunity had been given. alt

 

My family, all of us thank you so much! May you all live long and prosper! Thank you.

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[Applause and cheers]  Thank you.

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After the speech Leonard had a photo session with fans.
Thank you very much, Melinda and Bonnie,
for sharing your photo with us!

Leonard Nimoy and Melinda

 

Bonnie  and Leonard Nimoy

 

 
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