The late Leonard Nimoy may be honored in a new way with an official request submitted by a member of the US House of Representatives for the Star Trek legend to be the subject of an upcoming commemorative U.S. stamp.
Nimoy on a stamp?
Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents California’s 30th congressional district, has submitted a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee urging them to submit a recommendation to the Postmaster General to issue a commemorative USPS stamp in honor of Leonard Nimoy. Schiff’s letter states in part:
Live long and prosper! This is a phrase that is part of our lexicon, as is the unforgettable character who first proclaimed those words. I am writing to support the creation of a stamp for Leonard Nimoy, an extraordinary activist, actor, and dear friend.
Mr. Nimoy is best known for his world-renowned portrayal of Mr. Spock in the Stark Trek franchise. Mr. Nimoy was revered by fans for this role, best put by the New York Times as “bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century.”
The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee is a board appointed by the Postmaster General that meets quarterly to select subjects for recommendation of future stamps. Leonard Nimoy fits their criteria for consideration. The USPS regularly issues commemorative stamps for notable Americans and historic figures. Individuals who have been honored with commemorative stamps recently include Representative John Lewis, folk singer Pete Seeger, novelist Usula K. Le Guin, artist Roy Lichtenstein, former first lady Nancy Reagan, and baseball all-star Yogi Berra.
While Leonard Nimoy was born in Boston, he spent most of his life living in the Los Angeles area and as noted by Rep. Schiff, he and his wife Susan were active in the community supporting numerous organizations, including the Griffith Park Observatory which named the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater in his honor. Not mentioned in this letter, through a generous contribution from Susan, UCLA is naming a performing arts center opening this fall the Nimoy Theater.
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The process of getting a stamp recommended, designed, and approved can take some time, but a letter from a member of Congress will certainly get the attention of the committee. The USPS has previously honored Star Trek with a special series of stamps issued for the 50th anniversary of the franchise in 2016. The postal service also released a stamp in 1999 featuring the USS Enterprise as part of a “Celebrate the Century” series.
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