Local ‘Star Trek’ fan group honors Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed away at age 83 Friday

Daniel Digiorgio organized an event for Star Trek fans to honor the life of Leonard Nimoy. March 1, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Daniel Digiorgio organized an event for Star Trek fans to honor the life of Leonard Nimoy. March 1, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A group of devoted Star Trek fans came together Sunday to honor the life and legacy of the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy.

Star Trek Fans of the Northwest had originally planned for an all-day marathon, watching Star Trek episodes dealing with the Prime Directive. But after learning of Nimoy’s death Friday, the event’s organizer, Daniel DiGiorgio, knew the day would be better spent remembering the fallen actor.

“A couple of us got together and decided that the right thing to do would be to change the theme altogether and really celebrate the life of Leonard Nimoy,” DiGiorgio said. “Not just Spock, but Leonard himself.”

The group of Star Trek fans gathered at the Pioneer Ridge Club House in Oregon City Sunday afternoon. The space was decked out with Spock memorabilia — and one member even baked cookies in the shape of the Vulcan salute.

“We love the man enough to bring out his favorite gesture,” DiGiorgio said.

The group was in high spirits as they honored Nimoy’s life.

“It’s fun to watch him and remember our favorite episodes, his favorite episodes, and just celebrate his character and him as an actor,” DiGiorgio said. “I think he always tried to bring his own sense of love and humanity to his character.”

Nimoy, who played Spock from ’66-’69, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83.

Star Trek Fans of the Northwest meets several times a month in the greater Portland Metro area. For information on the group and future meetups, click here.

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