Leonard Nimoy (Getty Images)
Leonard Nimoy, who passed away Friday at the age of 83, was best known for his portrayal of Spock on Star Trek. In addition to the legions of Star Trek fans who revered him, Spock and, by extension Nimoy, was considered a hero by many people who’d ever felt different.
In 1968, one of those people, a teenaged girl whose mother was black and whose father was white, wrote to Fave magazine asking Spock, who was half-human, half-Vulcan, how he’d handled the rejection of not fitting in. Nimoy was so moved by the letter that he penned a response, which Fave then published the following month. Nimoy’s letter is both touching and inspiring.
“It takes a great deal of courage to turn your back on popularity and to go out on your own,” Nimoy writes. “Although inside you’re not really like members of the pack, it’s still frightening to decide to leave them, because as long as you’re popular, you have at least someone to hang around with.”
Here it is in full, courtesy of My Stark Trek Scrapbook: