This afternoon Leonard Nimoy "came home" to to the town of Vulcan, Alberta, Canada, where they held a parade for their adopted favorite son, gave him the key to the city, and unveiled a bust of the actor as Spock. We have a report from the event, along with photos and video. Plus a roundup of pre-event video interviews and media reaction to the Nimoy re-retirement. [UPDATED: Video and more photos added]
Nimoy ‘comes home’ to Vulcan
This was Leonard Nimoy’s first trip to Vulcan (the official Star Trek capital of Canada). The actor told the gathered crowd:
I’ve been a Vulcan for 44 years. It was about time I came home
I’ve never had an experience quite as touching as this and I appreciate it. Thank you. May each and every one of you live long and prosper.
Here is some video from the presentation of the bust of Mr. Spock (via City of Vulcan):
Here are some photos provided by the town of Vulcan
The CBC and Reuters have also released images from the event, here are few:
Nimoy at Calgary Comic Con
Mr. Nimoy will be rounding out his Alberta appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend. For a complete list of other celebrity guests who will be attending the 2010 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 24 & 25, visit calgaryexpo.com
MORE VIDEO interviews: Nimoy endorses Shatner for Governor General
Both CBC and CTV have video interviews with Nimoy conducted before the event. In both, Nimoy was asked about the calls for William Shatner to become the next Governor General of Canada. In both he noted that it would be good for Bill as it "would give him something to do."
The Retirement heard round the world
Although it wasn’t a surprise or new news to Trek fans, Nimoy’s return to retirement became big news this week. In the last few days the story has been reported all over the entertainment and mainstream media. While many went with the standard, like Access Hollywood with ‘Leonard Nimoy To Retire’, many others mined the usual Trek clichés, while some others delved into hyperbole or questionable taste.
Here are just a few of the suspect headlines:
Telegraph (UK): Spock to depart Enterprise
MN Star Tribune: Retirement – The Final Frontier
Times (UK): Star Trek fans in mourning as Leonard Nimoy announces his retirement [editors note: hyperbole much?]
E!: Leonard Nimoy Boldly Goes to the Retirement Home [retirement home, really E!?]
New York Post: Nimoy Throws In The Towel [way to stay classy NYP]
IGN: Spock Out [actually, that is a good one]