I became a doctor because of Leonard Nimoy and the influence he had on me as a kid watching hours and hours of Star Trek.
To this day I run Star Trek scenarios through my head and they help have helped me make important life decisions. I went to the first Star Trek convention where Shatner and Nimoy signed autographs in the same picture (prior to that they always took pics with their fans apart). I waiting on a long line at the Las Vegas Comic Con and waited patiently as my turn approached to take a photograph with my two favorite television personalities.
Each fan stood up between Nimoy and Shatner, not allowed to touch them during the shot, as they both sat at a table. As I approached them I thought, "no way am I going to stand straight up at attention between my two icons". When it was my turn I bent forward putting my face in between theirs and the picture was taken.
When the shot was over both of them looked at me at the same time turning their heads as I still was bent forward between them....it felt like one of those funny moments in Star Trek - complete with odd looks on both Nimoy and Shatner's faces. I could tell they wondered "who was with this guy"; not because of what I had just done, but because I was dressed in a suit and I looked more like a business man than a fan at a comic con. It's was a moment among many Star Trek moments I will never forget. I met/saw Nimoy on two other occasions; one was during one of his photography seminars at a New York City library (very intimate...maybe 25 people). Shook his hand and handed him a VHS copy of my favorite Star Trek episode for him to sign. He laughed because he was expecting that I was handing him, like everyone else, a copy of his latest photography book (I could give a shit about that stuff he was doing!). The next and last time I saw him I was eating in a NYC restaurant a few years later with my family and he sat down right next to me at the next table. I did not bother him - but it took every ounce of me not to!.
Mr. Nimoy, thank you for keeping me company through so many hours of my childhood and for helping to instill in me a sense of curiosity in science. Your were simply cool man!