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Guest Blog: Meeting Leonard Nimoy September 11, 2007

by James Trowbridge , Filed under: Nimoy,Trek for Kids , trackback

Leonard Nimoy was so impressed by a young fan at the Vegas convention, he invited him to the premiere of the new film. Now young James shares thoughts on why he is such a big Trek fan and what it was like to meet Mr. Spock…

My name is James – I am ten years old and I have been a Star Trek fan all of life. My first Trek experience was when I was just two. My dad was watching The Original Series on the Sci Fi Channel, and I knew I liked it even though I didn’t understand it all. The first time that I can really remember was when I was four and Enterprise came out. I liked it so much that I wanted to see more. Star Trek appeals to me because it is a positive view of the future. I have always thought that Star Trek has made life easier, because some of the technology today is based on Star Trek, like a cell phone. Star Trek symbolizes human growth in the 22nd through 24th centuries. 

I grew up watching Enterprise and really miss it. When I found out the show might be over after the third season I asked my dad what I could do to help. So we wrote letters to help save the show and it worked. Over the years I also have watched The Next Generation, The Original Series, The Animated Series, and all of the movies with my dad on DVD. I thought that the movies were very good sequels to the series. Some of my favorite movies were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  I also liked Generations, First Contact, and Insurrection. My dad’s favorite show is The Original Series, but mine is The Next Generation because human beings made peace with the Klingons, and I was fascinated to learn more about them. My favorite character is Captain Picard because he always grasps the situation and resolves it. 

I went to the Las Vegas Star Trek convention with my dad for my tenth birthday.  I thought it was one of the most fun things that I have ever done.  It was so incredible I could hardly believe it when I was invited on stage by Leonard Nimoy. I was even more surprised when he invited my family to the Star Trek (2008) premiere.  Star Trek (2008) is going to be one of the best movies, I think, because some of the original characters are coming back. I am so excited about being one of the first to see it, and I am especially thankful that Mr. Nimoy has so generously invited us to the premiere.

James T with Leonard Nimoy on stage in Las Vegas

Related: August 2007 Vegas Con Report of Nimoy Appearance

 

TrekMovie.com was as impressed with young James as Mr. Nimoy. He has now joined TrekMovie.com as the ‘youth correspondent.’ Expect more from James over the next year and of course his report from the premiere of ‘Star Trek’ as the special guest of Leonard Nimoy next Christmas.

Comments

1. Penny - September 11, 2007

Awww! : )

2. Cranston - September 11, 2007

Nice report, James. Congratulations on getting to meet Nimoy, and getting to go to the premiere next year! I’m jealous.

(Although it does make me feel particularly old to see someone say “I grew up watching Enterprise”)

3. Anthony Pascale - September 11, 2007

i want to thank James for sending in his thoughts. and look forward to more. I remind the usual suspects of commenters that this will be a ‘family friendly’ comments section as this post will be read by james and his friends and his mom and dad

4. steve623 - September 11, 2007

Thank you for a great blog, James!

5. girl6 - September 11, 2007

What an impressive young man. I look forward to reading his reports.

6. Trekmatt - September 11, 2007

Great blog James, welcome! :)

Matt

7. Aaron R. (Sisko is cool) - September 11, 2007

James your report here was awesome! I am a teacher and you write better and express yourself with more sincerity than some of my students. I know all of your teachers must think you are just awesome and I am sure they all think you getting to meet Mr. Nimoy is just the Greatest! Keep up the great writing maybe someday you will get to write for what you love… STAR TREK! Live long and prosper James!

Aaron R.

8. Kobayashi Maru - September 11, 2007

I am so glad for James and his family!
I hope the movie is worth the trip,
regardless, Leonard Nimoy is a class act!!!

9. Voyager Fan - September 11, 2007

I was at the convention and saw James.
Leonard Nimoy told the crowd “People ask me what’s the future of Star Trek?”
Then he pointed to this extremely intelligent young man and said “That’s the future of Star Trek!”

How right he is.

10. Lukas - September 11, 2007

You are the future! You’re Star TreK!

11. last o' the timelords - September 11, 2007

I hope you are the future, James. Keep spreading the word at school. I can’t really get my nieces and nephews into it. (guess I’ll have to get my own kid in order to have a new Trekkie in the family)

Oh well, at least my ‘nephlings’ love Doctor Who.

12. Sean - September 11, 2007

Nice Job James! You’re a lucky kid. Keep up the nice writing contributions.

13. Lord Garth Formerly of Izar - September 11, 2007

Welcome to my royal court young James.. You shall be my heir apparent

14. Etha Williams - September 11, 2007

Welcome, James! Now I can finally say with assurance that I’m not the youngest person on this site…

15. Nathan - September 11, 2007

Welcome, James!

It’s really cool that you got to meet Leonard Nimoy, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from you as the days until Star Trek XI grow shorter and shorter.

Long live Star Trek!

16. Harry Ballz - September 11, 2007

If, by chance, they have a flashback scene of Kirk as a ten year old, I suggest James as a perfect candidate!

17. Sleeper Agent X - September 11, 2007

Welcome, James! Thank you for the excellent report. And as a fellow Picard fan, I salute you for your choice of favorite character! :)

18. Son of Sarek - September 11, 2007

James you are a very fortunate Trek fan. I am 24 and wish I had the same opportunity as you when I was 10. Echoing other posters, I too hope many more young people will discover Trek. Continue to live long and prosper and enjoy the premiere!

19. Leonel - September 11, 2007

James: welcome. :) You’re awesome, thanks for the excellent blog.

And Anthony: thank you for sharing with us. Stories like this sure does give hope for the future.

20. Leonel - September 11, 2007

btw.. if anyone’s interested there is more discussion here..

http://www.imagecomics.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?t=35368&sid=48aed2aabefed54491e8d567213837c9

21. CanuckLou - September 11, 2007

Very cool!

22. Ted - September 11, 2007

James, you’re a very cool Star Trek Fan.

23. CmdrR. - September 11, 2007

So, is James casting yet for his first Trek film?
Cute kid! Trek is for everyone!

24. RuFFeD_Up - September 11, 2007

Hey james when you get to the premier don’t forget to post spoilers :P

25. Charles Trotter (Chuck Amuck) - September 11, 2007

Welcome, James, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. You’re the coolest ten-year-old in the galaxy. :-)

Live long and prosper, my young friend.

26. Xplodin' Nacelle - September 11, 2007

James, It’s cool to see that someone other than myself liked Insurrection. I liked it when Picard had to be the dignitary. (Remember when he wore the wig?) LOL. Also the hummingbird scene was cool. It’s not all about the starship battles.

It’s also exciting to see that a young man like you can appreciate the messages taught with Trek stories.

Don’t ever be offended if some rude kids call you a geek. Geeks rule the world, & as Trek shows they will inherit it’s future too!

Welcome to trekmovie.

27. jonboc - September 11, 2007

James, well done young man! Great to see you’re having fun with such a great and legendary show as Star Trek. Speaking as a lifelong fan, I can tell you right now, it will give you many many hours of enjoyment. Enjoy the ride!

28. The Realist - September 11, 2007

18. Son of Sarek – September 11, 2007 – 24 as well. I grew up watching Next Gen! I even feel a bit old.

James, you are definately cool! A great letter, one of the best I have ever seen! Keep up the posting as well! And a big WELCOME!

29. Christian Malley - September 11, 2007

I also grew up watching TNG. But James, you should check out DS9 and Voyager too. Oh, and it’s great to see you here on trekmovie.com

30. Tassieboy - September 11, 2007

Awesome report James.

31. Edna Hussey - September 11, 2007

James, I am so proud of you and your blog! What a fine representative of Mid-Pacific Institute! I did see all the Star Trek movies you saw (liked The Search for Spock best), and I watched the TV series faithfully as a young girl.
I even made Enterprise uniforms for my sons one Halloween several years ago. I think what keeps me so interested in Star Trek is the idea of the limitless possibilities ahead of us and how those important human values keep coming up as ways to solve issues.

32. Brian - September 11, 2007

James,

Nice work! Looking forward to reading more! I wish I could’ve blogged when I was 10!

33. FSL - September 11, 2007

James, you’re a really lucky guy. I hope you will enjoy watching the premier with Mr Nimoy.

I hope more young people like you will be interested in Trek. Make it so!

34. James Heaney (fka Wowbagger) - September 11, 2007

James, you rock!

And I’m not just saying that ’cause we James’s have to stick together. No, my bro, you genuinely rock.

I am very much looking forward to your later postings. Although I don’t suppose you have any strong opinions about Bermaga or TATV, any fan smart enough to enjoy Enterprise is smart enough for me to read what he has to say.

35. Holo J - September 12, 2007

Hey James, I speak to you as another massive Star Trek fan. It’s cool to hear of your enthusiasm for Star trek. I also started watching the original at a young age on re runs with the family then went on to TNG, DS9, Voyager and then ENT of and I have watched all the movies as well and I love it all.

My nephew is a couple of years older than you and has only just got into Star Trek this year through watching Enterprise and now he can’t get enough of Trek He is currently ploughing his way through TNG and Voyager, but he hasn’t quite got into The original series yet but I am working on that!

My daughter is only 19 months old but she already is aware of Star Trek, she loves the Original series theme tune from me watching my DVD’s too much and all ways gets excited when the Enterprise is on the screen so I reckon she’s a fan already, much to my wife disgust :O)

It’s great that you are a big fan of Star Trek, so well done on getting not just an invite, but a personal invite from Spock himself to the premier of the film! You are very lucky and I hope you and your family enjoy the whole experience.

36. SNAKE - September 12, 2007

James – you didnt mention The Wrath of Khan in your favourite Trek films?!…man i just hope you have seen that movie!

37. JB Gestl - September 12, 2007

I could never get my son who is now 13 to watch anything Trek related. Thankfully my daughter (11) watches TOS episodes & movies with me. As soon as we get through all of them I’ll start showing her The Next Generation.

38. COMPASSIONATE GOD - September 12, 2007

It is always interesting to hear the younger fans’ views on Trek; as the expression goes, keep on Trekkin’, James.

I wonder what you would think of Star Trek: The Animated Series?

39. oddballuk - September 12, 2007

Well done james you lucky little youngling.

Glad you enjoyed Enterprise as much as I did. I thought it was jut me who enjoyed.

As some people have said on here, kids like you are the future of Star Trek so get your mates watching it and get it back to its former glory

40. JeFF - September 12, 2007

James, I am so pleased to see that the “next generation” (i.e. you) is able to share in the same sense of Trek growth and excitement that I did when I was your age… back in 1991, I was also 10, and it was such an energized time for Star Trek. In the midst of the 25th Anniversary of the Original Series with Trek VI, TNG was in its hayday, and DS9 was a rumor. Around that time, Trek conventions were everywhere (even here in Buffalo, NY) and I got to meet Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher was my favorite Trek character), George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, and Jimmy Doohan. There was such a sense of family and friendship at all things Trek-related, and I’m so glad that you are a part of it. Congratulations on your meeting of Leonard Nimoy!

Your great adventure is right in front of you… and you certainly appear to be prepared to enjoy and learn from it. Your experiences now will shape the course of yourself and your future, and that is a very encouraging thought! I wish you and your family a safe but of course, bold journey. Godspeed James!

41. Scott Gammans - September 12, 2007

This young man expresses himself better than a lot of “adults” I know. James’ parents should be justifiably proud to have such a thoughtful, well-spoken son. :)

42. JustDave - September 12, 2007

James – well spoken and well said. Congratulations! It’s refreshing to see that Star Trek appeals to younger generations. I grew up with and got hooked on the Original series and I am sure that this new movie will capture the spirit of the original and move it forward. I’m very much looking forward to reading your thoughts and comments between now and the premiere. Good luck and keep writing!

43. Fraser Link - September 12, 2007

James, welcome!

I just wanted to take the comment made by Aaron R (#7) one step further … I have worked in post-secondary education here in Atlantic Canada for some time, and I can honestly say that, at the tender age of ten, you already communicate your thoughts through the written word more eloquently than many *university* students whose papers I have marked.

Well done, young sir — I’ll be looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

44. John N - September 12, 2007

Great job James!

It’s nice to know that there is a “Next Generation” out there that will not only continue on our love for these stories and these characters, but that it will also have a well-spoken and confident young man in its ranks.

All the best!
John

45. Robert April - September 12, 2007

“I grew up watching Enterprise and really miss it. ”

Perhaps ENTERPRISE was not such a bad show after all? :-)

46. Robert (I grew up watching TOS) April - September 12, 2007

By the way James, I just saw the ENTERPRISE episode where a spaceship was larger on the inside than on the outside. Pretty cool concept I thought!

47. Laura B. - September 12, 2007

James–I was at the convention in Vegas this past August and felt thrilled for you when you were asked up on stage but more so when you were invited to attend the premier of the movie. Congratulations on becoming “youth correspondent”!

48. Kodos - September 12, 2007

James, I hope Star Trek (2008) will be as exiting for you as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was when I was 10 years old.

Meeting Leonard Nimoy is a one-of-a-kind experience for sure. Judging from your writing, someday you will be as good a role-model as Leonard.

I am impressed that you liked it when the Federation made peace with the Klingons and that you want to learn more about them. You must be a very good person.

Have a great time at the premiere!

49. THX-1138 - September 12, 2007

Now that you have been greeted by most of the regulars, it is now time that I have graced you with my welcomes and salutations.

As you now embark on the wonderful world of on-line internet chat room debatable Star Trek opinion super-stardom, remember the little people on whose backs you have been carried to heights of celebrity and mega-geekly status. Just don’t read Harry’s name on any of his posts.

And please honor the memories of those long forgotten on this site. The Stankys, though no longer posting, will be missed.

Oh yeah, if you talk to Nimoy again, tell him the Timmy guy is still waiting to hear back about being in the movie. Leonard, call me.

(weeps)

50. Lt. Green - September 12, 2007

Clearly, you must have great taste if you knew Trek was awesome when you were two. You sound like a sharp guy and I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

But dude, you were four when Enterprise came out. That makes me feel so old ! ! !

; – )

51. mctrekkie - September 12, 2007

Nice job James-

You’d better learn that Vulcan “Live Long and prosper” hand salute before next Christmas!

Very well written article.

52. Shaun - September 13, 2007

How cool! Even though I’m convinced next year’s movie will be an even bigger disappointment than Nemesis was, I’m very envious of him!

Now if someone can just introduce young James to DS9… Well, he’s young. As he gets older, no doubt he’ll appreciate DS9′s sophistication more. If people still remember the show over time. :-(

53. Shaun - September 13, 2007

Robert April said:

>Perhaps ENTERPRISE was not such a bad show after all?

No, it was pretty crummy for its first few years… I’ll grant you that once Manny Coto and the Reeves-Stevenses came on board, things started improving. Unfortunately, it was too little much too late. I’ve tried to watch some of the earlier seasons Monday nights on Sci-Fi, but it just isn’t working for me.

There were a few gems in that last season, but certainly not that final episode. In some ways it was a fitting end to Trek on TV, since it encapsulated everything that went wrong with the Berman/Braga regime.

Get Coto and the Reeves-Stevenses back on board with some fresh ideas!

54. Rebekah M - September 13, 2007

James!! So proud of you sweetie!! You are so much smarter and more thoughtful than your young age of ten. Keep up the good work and email me when you update your page.

Love you!
Rebekah

55. J. Woodard - September 14, 2007

James. This is Joe – Blake’s uncle who sat behind you at the show this year. I am so happy for you that you are able to have this relationship with Leonard Nimoy and to see the premiere of the new movie. I liked Enterprise as well. I liked the fact that their technology was more limitied, causing them to solve all sorts of new problems the other starship crews did not face. It seemed more adventurous then the other shows because there was no federation for them to lean on. They were very much out there on their own – except for some tense friendships with the Vulcans and Andorians.

56. Commodore Wesley - September 15, 2007

James, you really impress me with your writing ability! You remind me of myself when you were my age (cough, cough…ahem).

Wow – being invited by Leonard Nimoy to the premiere of the movie! What an experience! It gives me goosebumps!

I echo the statement above about being perceived as a “geek”…as a 10 year old, I could make “warping” noises with my classic AMT Enterprise model (one of a long line; watch those weak nacelle struts!), “beam down” with my friends and conduct “missions,” and was allowed to be a kid without criticism. Things changed when I reached 7th grade, though (perhaps earlier for you; people “grow up” faster these days)…I spent the next 30 years of my life publicly denying that I was a Trekkie, and was unhappy as a result. Now, I’m 47, have Star Trek models and die-casts all over my office, am accepted and loved by my family and co-workers, and am now as happy again as I was when I was 10! The key is enthusiasm; be enthusiastic about whatever you’re passionate about, and you’ll attract the people who, after all, are the people you want to hang out with, who share your interests.

I’m glad you’re attracted to the optimistic future of Star Trek. My hope is that you, and people of your generation like you, will dedicate yourselves to making that future happen. I envy your generation; if you’re successful, you will be the ones who will be able to colonize the Solar System, and perhaps beyond. As for me, I’ll be lucky to be able to afford a sub-orbital flight before I die!

Best wishes to you and your family!

57. joe - October 23, 2007

james, YOU ARE A GOD!!!!

58. Idetrorce - December 15, 2007

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Idetrorce

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Wah! I wanna meet Leonard Nimoy too!

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