Thank You, Leonard Nimoy

There are no words for the heartbreak I feel at the news of Leonard Nimoy’s passing.

Leonard Nimoy was an amazing human being. When I was 15, I was deathly ill and hospitalized for nearly a month due to a ruptured bowel from Crohn’s Disease. Unpleasant does not begin to describe the experience.

Nimoy sent me a get well card, long before the days of social media. My godmother contacted her sister in Beverly Hills who was florist for the stars. My godmother’s sister contacted Nimoy’s assistant (either Nimoy was a client or my godmother’s sister earned her sainthood tracking down his office), who took my story to him. Nimoy was very kind and took a few moments to send a note before leaving on a business trip.

Nimoy-Card-AutographKindness matters. Nimoy took the time to be kind.

In 2009, Nimoy gave the keynote at Guidance’s CEIC after the release of Star Trek. I was near the front of the line after the keynote and was able to thank him for sending me a get well card in 1990. He smiled and humbly said, “I am very glad I did that.”

The man stopped me three times with questions as I tried to step away, since I did not want to hold up the 900 people behind me. At that moment, the needs of the one outweighed the needs of the many as he inquired about my life.

Josh-Nimoy-2009Nimoy will be missed. Thank you for being a wonderful person.

Live Long and Prosper.

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Josh Gilliland

Josh Gilliland is a California attorney who focuses his practice on eDiscovery. Josh is the co-creator of The Legal Geeks, which has made the ABA Journal Top Blawg 100 Blawg for 2013 to 2016, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the 2015 Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions across the United States. He also ties a mean bow tie.