Ct Patriot: How time flies, and life goes by. Seems like just yesterday I was a young boy watching Star Trek TOS. (the original series) To be honest was never a fan of the poofy Next Generation. But that’s a story for another day. For a little back story, I was not just a fan of Trek. I was a HUGE fan. Yep, I went to the conventions in NYC. Had my room covered in posters and of course Trek models hanging from the ceiling. I remember how “excited” my mom was when I decided to paint my room black and added stars and planets to make it look like space… the final frontier. I’m not sure this should even be told but I had actually recorded on VHS (what’s that dad?) every episode of TOS from a public television station that would play 3 episodes in a row without commercials. So uber Trek nerd I was, I created my own box set. Little did i know that soon I’d be living in an attic apartment at age 17 and for 2 years straight have nothing to watch but those very same episodes. Over and over and …So let us just conclude I liked Star Trek.
Now to the point. It was a very sad moment when I read of Leonard Nimoy’s passing yesterday. It’s like another part of growing up is gone. I was a Kirk guy growing up, but without Spock there was no Kirk. That was the thing about Trek I enjoyed the most. I, unlike most was not that impressed with the technology of the show. The New World Order aspects were not what drew me to it either. The thing that got me into it was the friendship and loyalty between Kirk and Spock. And Spock and McCoy, The 3 friends who despite their many differences were like brothers. Leonard Nimoy was and always will be the best Spock, the best friend. That’s what saddens me the most, not only did we lose a person from our history that we have knows for many years. But It also seems we have lost that spirit of brotherhood, friendship and loyalty today that Kirk, Spock and McCoy embodied.
Rest In Peace Old Friend…. Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015
Now onto Anthony Mason ex-NBA player who at 48 has passed away way too young. I was also a rabid NY Knicks fan back in the day of Ewing, Oakley, Starks and Mason. The Pat Riley- Van Gundy Knickerbockers. I would safely say i saw 99% of every Knick’s game from 1990 til the day they stupidly traded Patrick Ewing for a bag of balls and a white dude. So when i heard recently that “Mase” was in critical condition for a heart problem. I was like “damn” he is only 4 yrs older than me. And if you remember Anthony Mason from his playing days you know this was not a frail man. I recall that back then “Mase” was the only player who by utilizing his bottom half ( big butt) to be able to keep a young Shaq from the paint. What I really remember was the toughness of those Knick’s teams of the 90’s. The never say die attitude. That team was never the same after they traded Mason for Grandmama.
Rest In Peace “Mase”… Anthony Mason 1966-2015
Leonard Nimoy Dead: Star Trek’s Spock Dies at 83
FEB. 27, 2015
You have been, and always shall be, our friend. Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy, who endeared himself to millions of fans as the character Spock, died on Friday, Feb. 27, at his home in L.A.’s Bel Air neighborhood, his wife confirmed to the New York Times. He was 83.
According to Susan Bay Nimoy, the cause of death was “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,” or COPD, which he revealed he had in February 2014. He was reportedly hospitalized earlier this week.
Film Actor, Television Actor (1931–2015)
Leonard Nimoy is an actor who played Spock in both the 1960s TV series ‘Star Trek’ and several movies based on the show.
After roles on Dragnet and The Twilight Zone, Leonard Nimoy earned the attention of producer and writer Gene Roddenberry and was cast on Star Trek as Mr. Spock. Star Trek premiered in 1966 and turned Nimoy into a legitimate star. Nimoy always stayed active as an actor with other projects, working as a photographer and director as well, while his role as Spock on the television show and Star Trek movies over the years dominated his reputation. Nimoy died on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83.
Anthony Mason, Former NBA Fan Favorite, Dies at Age 48By Matt Fitzgerald,
Feb 28, 2015
Retired NBA forward Anthony Mason passed away Saturday at the age of 48.
ESPN.com reported the news:
Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48.
A Knicks spokesperson confirmed Mason’s death to ESPN. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month.
Mason’s son, Anthony Jr., released a statement:
First, I want to thank all those who offered prayers and well-wishes for my Father, our family really appreciated it. Overnight, New York City and the world lost a legend, a friend, a brother…but more than anything, our father, Anthony Mason. As you all would expect, our father—Big Mase—put up an incredible fight dealing with severe heart issues. I’m wishing this was something else I was writing, but Pops, we’ve got to let you know we love you and know you’ll always be with us.
I ask at this time that you respect our family’s privacy with regard to questions as our family takes the time to mourn.
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