|My shot of Leonard Nimoy. I love this guy.|
Again, these characters were like family to me because they were embraced by some important people in my own life. My grandfather and I would do a lot together....shop for the perfect shortcakes to make the perfect desert for my grandma, go on drives around town, go fishing on the lake.....and so many other things. But the Star Trek movies were something the three of us did together ALWAYS. We take so many things for granted in life......especially with the people we love the most. Little did I know that Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home(the whale one:) would be the last time I ever saw a Star Trek movie with my grandpa again. Today it's still one of the big losses of my life....even though it has been 24 years since he has passed away, I miss him as if it were yesterday. He was my best friend as a kid growing up. Today I carry his torch by carrying on with his jokes and watching Star Trek.
Hearing Nimoy talk about his life really connected me with those childhood years growing up with him.....in programs like Search for Tomorrow, Transformers(the animated series), etc. because they were all memories with my family. You may say that I think of Nimoy as a "god" and you'd be right. He was genuine and witty with a strong life message.....live with honor. Make decisions that honor who you are as a person and those that surround you. It was quite beautiful. The hour flew by and before I knew it....Nimoy was gone.
While I didn't care for the character of Sulu much as a kid, I have grown to really respect this actor today. What I like best about Takei is that he is making a difference now in his stand against discrimination and hate crimes in the world. He spoke of his days trapped in the Japanese confinement camps within the US and how that affected him as a kid growing up. Takei has recently come out of the closet and has been vocal since for the rights of the LGBT community. He also shared a story about how Tennessee is trying to pass a bill to prevent teachers from using the word "gay" in the classroom. In a strong statement, he said that our citizens have the "Right to Free Speech" and preventing people from using any word was against the rights of the American people. I agree. If this bill passes, it will be one of the most stupid things that ignorant and hateful people do to others. George told the audience that if teachers needed to use the word "gay", they could replace it with "Takei" instead. Everyone clapped and cheered at the suggestion. I should also mention that this bill is directed at Elementary and Jr. High School teachers and that Takei said that all words must be used responsibly but also that they shouldn't be denied as it goes against our rights. Some of you may be thinking, "Well you shouldn't be teaching that in the classroom anyway!" I agree and so did Takei, but as a teacher with my own class, I thought of why this bill is ridiculous. We teach kids to accept all walks of life especially me with my background on Spanish culture! A lot of students like to use words like "gay" or "retarded" with one another and to me that is not acceptable in my own classroom and this is exactly the moment when a teacher needs to step in and correct this inappropriate behavior. For this reason, my respect for Mr. Takei has shot up tenfold!
|My other grandpa....Nimoy!|
|The cool Uncle I wish I had....George Takei. Oh My!|