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    Posted February 28, 2015 by
    Seattle, Washington
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Remembering Leonard Nimoy

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    Meeting My Childhood Hero


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     toddtuttle had the unforgettable experience of flashing the LLAP sign on camera with childhood hero Leonard Nimoy at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle in 2010. “I will remember Leonard Nimoy as a great man and stellar actor who, as Mr. Spock, delivered my favorite movie line of all time, ‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.’"
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    I grew up during the 70's, and no television show had more impact on me than Star Trek. I had every Mego Star Trek doll and the super cool U.S.S. Enterprise action playset. I remember the message that Elvis had died scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen while I was watching Star Trek in 1977.


    As an adult, Star Trek has held a special place in my heart. The show was a main topic during my first date with my now husband. We wore Star Trek uniforms at our wedding and gave toy tribbles to our wedding guests.

    No other character was more central to this iconic show than Mr. Spock. I had the great pleasure of meeting the man who portrayed Mr. Spock in 2010 at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle.


    I drew a caricature of Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock and hoped to get it signed. Not only did Mr. Nimoy sign my drawing but he added "Live Long and Prosper." I told Mr. Nimoy how important he and Star Trek have been to me over the years. I asked Mr. Nimoy if he would perform the Vulcan greeting with me in a photo and he was more than happy to oblige.


    I will never forget how impactful meeting my childhood hero was and he will hold a special place in my heart for as long as I live. LLAP

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