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An Author’s Journey: Loss of Leonard Nimoy & “King Arthur: Contexts of Language, Love, & the “Heroic” in High Middle Ages: Part 2 of 2

Leonard Nimoy as King Arthur (in 1973 "Camelot," musical based on T.H. White's "Once and Future King")

Leonard Nimoy as King Arthur (in 1973 “Camelot,” musical based on T.H. White’s “Once and Future King”)

Leonard Nimoy (Arthur) and Barbara Williams (Guinevere) in "Camelot" (1973)

Leonard Nimoy (Arthur) and Barbara Williams (Guinevere) in “Camelot” (1973)

Good Evening, Everyone!

I’m still saddened by the loss of Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday, Feb. 27th at 83 years’ old.  I wish heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

For those who are criticizing William Shatner’s absence at the funeral, I’d ask only that you respect all of the family & friends who are bereaved by the death of Mr. Nimoy, and focus on the loss to Trekkies everywhere of a truly remarkable man.

Nimoy & Shatner (January 2015)

Nimoy & Shatner (January 2015)

Personally, I think that critics of Shatner’s grieving (really, people?) should mind their own business. Would you want anyone telling you how to mourn a friend?  Indeed, it’s one thing to appreciate the contribution Shatner and Nimoy made as Kirk & Spock in the imaginary worlds of Starfleet & the Federation in the context of 20th Century Science Fiction, but I find it quite an (appallingly) other thing to condemn Shatner for meeting a charity obligation and not making the funeral of a friend. I know that being a celebrity de facto makes one every’s action open to critique, but let’s leave this matter well enough alone.

Leonard Nimoy, "Mr. Spock" on "Star Trek"

Leonard Nimoy, “Mr. Spock” on “Star Trek”

Here are some links to obituaries, appreciations, and highlights of the Shatner controversy (cited because it allows me to highlight Shatner’s “defense”):

Star Trek's Original Cast

Star Trek’s Original Cast

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) Obituaries & Testimonials:
Deadline.com http://deadline.com/2015/02/president-obama
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/27/
LA Times (Obituary): http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/
LA Times (Appreciation): http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/
NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/27/
TIME.com (Appreciation): http://time.com/3726567/

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy, as "Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock" (Star Trek)

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy, as “Captain Kirk & Mr. Spock” (Star Trek)

 Shatner & Nimoy:
ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/leonard-nimoy-william-shatner
CBS: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/william-shatner-why-i-didnt-attend-leonard-nimoys-funeral/
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/01/entertainment/feat-william-shatner-nimoy-funeral/
DailyMail.com http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2973592/
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/

I’ll do a future blog on the importance of “Star Trek” and its actors Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Deforest Kelly et al, but right now I prefer to read the tributes to Nimoy and see memories such as this video clip that really shows some fun interplay between Mr. Nimoy and his “Captain Kirk,” William Shatner:

"William Shatner Stole Leonard Nimoy's Bike!"

“William Shatner Stole Leonard Nimoy’s Bike!”

 

“William Shatner Stole Leonard Nimoy’s Bike” http://youtu.be/9nxcw7ln9AU

 

 

CARLISLE Codex Lacrimae_Kickstarter Title Page_Staff Pick (12.9.14)As for matters Medieval & Epic Fantastic, I’m very occupied with prepping my Kickstarter presentation next week (Friday, March 13th) at the Denver Center for Performing Art’s Off Center production of “Kick-Off Cabaret,” where I’ll be promoting my currently running KICKSTARTER project to line-edit and publish my novel, The Codex Lacrimae. http://kck.st/1KRP10j

Promotional Poster: "Support my project: The Codex Lacrimae" (March 13th only; Denver Center for the Performing Arts, OffCenter Productions)

Promotional Poster: “Support my project: The Codex Lacrimae” (March 13th only; Denver Center for the Performing Arts, OffCenter Productions)

If you’re in Denver and want to see me speaking live at the Denver Center for Performing Arts’ Off-Center “Kick-Off Cabaret,” please call 303-893-4100 to get a $15 ticket, or visit the following weblink: http://www.denvercenter.org/shows/specific-series/Get?Id=378bd977-cdec-68a4-921b-ff0e004d5814

For those of you waiting for the rest of the King Arthur lecture that I delivered to a 9th grade Honors English class as a favor for a friend, here it is below!

Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

“Live long and prosper,”

A.J.

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_4 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_4 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_5 of 8

Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_5 of 8

 

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Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_6 of 8

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Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_7 of 8

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Carlisle_King Arthur Lecture_8 of 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Well said, I completely agree!!

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    March 4, 2015

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