It’s a sad day. We’ve lost a dear friend today, someone we grew up with, someone so iconic that he inspired generations. At the age of 83, Leonard Nimoy passed away. He will be missed.
It’s amazing to realize how much someone you’ve never met can mean to you. People larger than life, people who will live on in memory forever. I’ve been continually moved for hours at the outpouring of grief and love online for Leonard. He has meant so much for so many, and his memory will live on forever.
Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.
Somewhere in the early 1980’s, my father took me to a bookstore in Manhattan. I don’t remember why, exactly, we were there, but it was a defining moment in my life. On display was a new wonder, a Macintosh computer.
Being young, I wasn’t aware of social protocol. I was supposed to be awed by this machine, afraid to touch it. Instead, as my father says, I pushed my way over, grabbed the mouse, and went to town. While all of the adults around me looked on in horror, I quickly figured out the interface and was able to make the machine do what I wanted.
It would be over 20 years before I really became a Mac user, but that first experience helped define my love of computers and technology.