The city of Boston, Massachusetts is paying a special tribute to one of their favorite sons on what would have been his 90th birthday.
Leonard Nimoy Day
Before coming to fame in Hollywood and on Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy’s roots were in Boston where he grew up and went to college. Even after making California his home, Nimoy returned to Boston often and supported the local community. Two years before his passing in 2015 Nimoy expressed his love for Boston on Twitter.
I grew up in Boston. The city gave me education, arts, and above all, spine.
My hometown. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) April 17, 2013
Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931, and this year would have been his 90th birthday. To honor that day, the City of Boston has declared March 26, 2021, as “Leonard Nimoy Day.” A proclamation signed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, celebrates Nimoy’s Boston connections, career, and philanthropic work and encourages all Bostonians to recognize and celebrate him. It also notes how Nimoy’s role as Spock “gave the immigrant, the refugee, and the oppressed, a hero for “The Outsider.” It also notes that even though he has passed away, Nimoy “will always be remembered as a valued constituent dedicated to both the arts and his community.”
This proclamation has made news in Boston. You can see a local report on it from CBS Boston below.
Nimoy family responds
Leonard Nimoy’s daughter Julie Nimoy responded to the news of the declaration thanking the mayor and the city of Boston for the special tribute to her dad.
As a special tribute to dad @TheRealNimoy life and legacy, the @CityOfBoston just announced that on his birthday, 3/26 will officially be #LeonardNimoyDay! Thank you Mayor @marty_walsh for supporting this proclamation! @nimoycopdfilm #COPD pic.twitter.com/c1p0PzMLRx
— Julie Nimoy (@JulieNimoy) March 18, 2021
Another way Julie and the Nimoy family celebrating Leonard’s 90th is through the release of a set of collectible digital trading cards. The cards go on sale on March 25th at wax.io. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the collectibles will be going to the UCLA Medical Center towards the work on COPD.
A lasting Boston memorial
Last year we reported there is an effort underway to build a Leonard Nimoy Memorial in Boston. The latest plans call for a bronze lattice statue in the shape of Nimoy’s famed Vulcan salute. At last report, the project was still working out details on finding a location and funding, but it had the support of the Nimoy family along with others in the community. Hopefully, we will have an update on this project soon.