In the last six months we've seen the passing of two prominent extraterrestrials – Mork and Spock from the planets Ork and Vulcan, respectively. Their earth names, of course, are Robin Williams and Leonard Nimoy. While both men had successful acting careers that encompassed many roles, their iconic alien persona’s in particular, will shine for many light years to come.
Back in August, I learned that Robin Williams had taken his life when a stranger in a shopping mall told me of the news. The young man said that he had a strong and a strange urge to tell someone of what he had learned. We chatted briefly, shook hands and I thanked him for sharing the news that was heavy on his heart. When Williams died I also felt a need to say something but was at a loss as to what to write, other than restating the obvious tragic nature of it all. I knew that the comedian's life and subsequent death had importance to me, but in what way, I wasn't sure.
Last week, my friend Sallee told me about the passing of Leonard Nimoy. She initially said that Dr. Spock instead of Mr. Spock had died, which is technically correct since the famous pediatrician Benjamin Spock died 17 years ago. All teasing aside, there's something comforting about directly being told of someone's passing. For this reason I have given my friends standing instructions not to text or Facebook my demise.