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Volume I
Number 83
Late February/Early March 2015
•  Friday, March 13: The UAC-ANKh Star Trek Art Project
•  Saturday, March 21: Memorial Service for ENS2 Chris White

•  In Memoriam: ENS2 Christopher White
•  Treklanta announces Anne Lockhart as guest of honor
•  Star Trek fan films selected for consideration
•  Treklanta announces additional Artists in our Artists Alley
•  Treklanta embroidered polo shirts now available for preorder
•  Personnel Records
•  Classified Ads
•  Library Computer
•  Recent Chapter Event Photos

•  Welcome Aboard!
•  February & March Membership Renewals
•  About the Republic
•  For More Information
•  USS Republic Online
•  Crew Roster
•  News from
   — Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83
   — Harve Bennett, Star Trek Producer, Dies at 84
The UAC-ANKh Star Trek Art Project
An Homage to the History of the African Diaspora on Star Trek

6:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2015
Aviation Community Cultural Center
3900 Aviation Circle NW, Atlanta GA  30336
(404) 612-8600
Join your members and friends aboard the USS Republic on this very special and unique away mission to Joseph R. Wheeler III's original fan canon-based one-man Star Trek-themed art show at the brand new Aviation Community Cultural Center just off Fulton Industrial Boulevard at Interstate 20 near Six Flags in eastern Atlanta.  This event is FREE and open to the public with NO admission charge!

I am artist Joseph R. Wheeler III and I want to share with you a very important and special art show at Fulton County's brand new Aviation Community Culture Center (ACCC)!  The show is a dedication to the long and little-known expansive history of the African Diaspora in Star Trek!  The ACCC gallery is proud to host this collection of works as it relates to the history of Blacks in aviation, celebrating over 50 actors and actresses who have continued the legacy Nichelle Nichols sparked with a Black presence in Gene Roddenberry's classic vision.  This is a fan art fantasy canon project entitled The UAC-ANKh Project.  (UAC = United African Confederation; Ankh = Ancient Egyptian symbol of eternal life.)  I invite you with hopes that you will find interest in supporting this show, spreading the word and attending the opening on March 13, 2015!
Memorial Service for ENS2 Chris White

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Saturday March 21, 2015
Georgia Perimeter College, Building CL
Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center
555 North Indian Creek Drive
Clarkston GA  30021
ENS2 Chris White was a member of the USS Republic from 2008 to 2013.  Information about his recent passing can be found in the news article below.  A memorial service for Chris is being planned by his mother, ENS2 Marilyn Teague, for Saturday morning, March 21.  Marilyn writes:

I am planning a
Star Trek/Star Wars type ceremony.  Chris LOVED the SyFy show Face Off, so if people come in costume, that would have made him happy!  He also loved the show Hard Core Pawn and other pawn shows, but well, that was him.  He was big on Star Trek AND Star Wars, so there will be a surprise there!  If you can make it, that would be great.  If not, we totally understand. Sci-fi costumes are optional.  Black is always a good choice, and was Chris' favorite color to wear.

Marilyn needs a head count of those who plan to attend.  Please RSVP to Marilyn Teague if you can join us.  Also, longtime friend of the family Leigh Boros is looking for photos of Chris to display at the service.  If you have any photos of Chris you can share with his friends and family, please contact Leigh directly at

In Memoriam: ENS2 Christopher White
August 6, 1973 - February 19, 2015
The USS Republic is saddened to announce the recent passing of former member Ensign 2nd Class Christopher Kirk White at the Visiting Nurses Hospice Center in Atlanta after a long battle with several serious illnesses, ultimately succumbing to complications from osteomyelitis.  Chris was the son and stepson of former members Ensigns 2nd Class Marilyn and Robert Teague.  He was 41.

Chris and Marilyn joined the USS Republic in 2008 and Robert joined a year later.  The Teague family was active with the Republic for the next five years, attending many of our events and activities.  Chris proudly served as the Video Room Director for TrekTrax Atlanta (now Treklanta) in 2011 and 2012, and was a member of the convention's Security staff in 2013.

Born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta in 1973, Christopher Kirk White was named after Captain Christopher Pike and Captain James T. Kirk by his mother, with whom he started attending local conventions such as the Atlanta Comics & Fantasy Fair when he was as young as 8 years old.  Following in his mother's fandom, Chris grew up to be a huge fan of Star Trek and Star Wars, and was a volunteer at Dragon*Con for more years than anyone can remember.

The USS Republic extends its sincerest condolences to Marilyn and Robert and their family.  A memorial service is planned for Chris on March 21; please see the details above and join us if you can.  Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit.
Treklanta announces Anne Lockhart as celebrity guest of honor
Treklanta is pleased to announce that Ms. Anne Lockhart has been confirmed to appear at our 2015 convention!  Ms. Lockhart is best known to science fiction fans as Lieutenant Sheba in the original Battlestar Galactica TV series.  She is the daughter of June Lockhart, who is also well-known to science fiction fans as Maureen Robinson in the original Lost in Space TV series.

In addition to her role in Battlestar Galactica, Ms. Lockhart has made dozens of guest appearances in network television shows, beginning with Lassie in 1959 and all the way up to her current role as a dispatcher on the NBC drama series Chicago Fire.  Science fiction fans may also remember her as Jennifer in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "A Dream of Jennifer."

Ms. Lockhart has also appeared in many movies, including Jory, Joyride, Troll, Just Tell Me You Love Me, The Graduates of Malibu High, The Oasis, A Dog's Tale, Daybreak and Hollywood, It's a Dog's Life.  She has also appeared in hundred of commercials and has worked extensively in voice acting.  Ms. Lockhart is also an expert horsewoman, has won championships in cutting, reining, team penning and barrel racing, and has raised over five million dollars for her children's charity, Pro-Celebrity Rodeos.

At Treklanta 2015, Ms. Lockhart will attend our exclusive VIP Champagne Reception, host two Q&A hours, serve as a judge for the Miss Klingon Empire Beauty Pageant and as a presenter for the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, and be available for autographs and photo opps.

Preregister for Treklanta 2015 now at, where you can also book your hotel room at our discounted group rate, preorder your souvenir convention t-shirt and learn about our many other guests, events and activities.

Please help us spread the word about Ms. Lockhart's upcoming appearance at Treklanta 2015 by sharing this announcement with all your fellow Battlestar Galactica friends and fan groups!
Treklanta announces Star Trek fan films selected for consideration
Treklanta is pleased to announce the independent Star Trek fan films that have been nominated, submitted and/or selected for consideration for the first annual Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, and which meet the eligibility requirements as previously announced on our web site and Facebook page.  In chronological order of release date, the sixteen fan films that will be reviewed and judged by our distinguished panel of judges are:

Star Trek Continues "Lolani"
Project: Potemkin "The Night the Stars Fell from the Sky"
Star Trek: Rendezvous "The Inquiry"
Star Trek: Secret Voyage "Rise of the Gongdea"
Starship Exeter "The Tressaurian Intersection"
Star Trek: Reliant "Supply and Demand"
Star Trek Continues "Fairest of Them All"
Star Trek Natures Hunger "Star Trek Encounters Silence of the Lambs"
Starship Valiant "Legacy"
Project: Potemkin "Command Decision"
Star Trek: Axanar "Prelude to Axanar"
Starship Farragut "Conspiracy of Innocence"
Star Trek: Reliant "Stalemate"
Star Trek Natures Hunger "Dorothy's Awesome Shuttlecraft Adventure"
Project: Potemkin "Holding Pattern"
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II "Mind-Sifter"

These films are currently being reviewed and judged by our panel of industry professionals, comprised of Diana Botsford, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Michael DeMeritt and Susan Sackett.  The nominees for each of the nine categories in which awards will be presented will be announced later this month, and the winners will be announced at Treklanta in the awards ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26.  For more information about the Independent Star Trek Fan Film Awards, please visit its Facebook Page.

Preregistered memberships to Treklanta 2015 are $40 and hotel rooms at our special convention rate of only $89 per night are still available.  Visit our web site to preregister and book your hotel room NOW!
Treklanta announces three additional Guest Artists in our Artists Alley
Treklanta is pleased to announce that three new artists will be attending the convention as Artist Guests of Honor in our first-ever Artists Alley & Art Show. Joining our previously announced Artist Guests of Honor Ms. Katie Bracewell, Ms. Carly Strickland and Mr. Dimitri Walker will be Mr. Daniel Flores, Mr. Peter Lücker and Mr. Joseph R. Wheeler III.

Born in East Los Angeles with a pencil in his hand, Daniel Flores was a creative child, drawing on every surface he could find.  Mr. Flores' imagination would start taking off with images of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Bugs Bunny and stories of Aztec bravery as told by his history teacher in Mexico City, where he attended middle school.  By high school, his skills were well-known by anyone who met him, and his nickname became "Dan The Man."  By his senior year, the nickname was shortened to just "DTM," and that's what it is today.

DTM never entered any art contests and was not interested in learning about art in a classroom setting.  Drawing is his preferred learning style, and by doing, he has added several other art skills to his pool of talents, including tattoos, fine art, graphic design and mobile game illustration.

Ever since arriving in Atlanta in 1994, DTM has been deeply involved in the arts community, starting with group art shows to curator of the Mano A Mano art exhibit series.  In 2002, his tattoo studio won Creative Loafing's Best of Atlanta award.  Since 2004, he has participated in over 25 group art shows in the Atlanta area.  In 2005, his art was shown at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of the Art Beats + Lyrics art show.  With his wife, Aisha Flores, DTM ventured into the web design field in 2006 and founded Denominator Graphics with a focus on building web sites for young artists in order for them to have an online portfolio and the opportunity to promote their art to potential fine art collectors.  DTM was published in the July 2012 issue of ImagineFX magazine.  Also in 2012, DTM founded the nonprofit organization Art Is King, whose mission is to develop resources, events and connections that educate artists and supports the arts community.

Art is Daniel Flores' passion, and his creativity overflows with nonstop art projects.  Art is DTM's profession, and he's thankful for the opportunity to create.  Visit his personal web site at Delta Tango Mike.

Peter Lücker, who goes by the nickname "Float," is a formerly Atlanta-based artist now living in Madison, Alabama, working in the media of canvas painting, collage, digital art and design.  His style focuses on bright colors and iconic images from pop culture.  Using cartoons, comics, science fiction & fantasy, graffiti and street art as inspiration, "Float" brings his own spin to furniture refurbishing, sticker design, art prints and more.  Visit his Facebook page at Float Shop.

Joseph R. Wheeler III is the artist, founder and president of OnyxCon.  A proud Southerner, Mr. Wheeler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended public school and graduated with honors from Benjamin Elijah Mays High School in 1993.  He completed his foundation studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, then went on to study drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD Atlanta), where he acquired his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1997.

An important fixture in the Atlanta arts community, Mr. Wheeler has been dedicated for over 20 years as an arts instructor and Therapeutic Creative Activities Specialist for both youth arts organizations and the senior citizen population, focusing on adult day programs for Alzheimer's/disabled seniors.  Mr. Wheeler has faced the challenges to Atlanta's arts community with unfaltering service, maintaining progressive and innovative contributions to the arts.

As a professional artist, Mr. Wheeler's career continues to be praised with accolades in publications such as The International Review of African American Art, published by Hampton University, and Black Comix: African American Independent Comics Art and Culture, the internationally and domestically distributed "Who's Who" of Black comics, conventions, creators and more.  Currently, Mr. Wheeler is very busy growing his organization OnyxCon and the OnyxCon Institute, working with school groups and organizations such as Atlanta's public libraries.  His latest historic masterpiece is an homage to the history of the African diaspora in Star Trek canon.  The piece, entitled "The UAC-ANKh Project," is a fan art work that features a chosen 50-plus faces of known and often overlooked legendary characters (actors and actresses) from the Star Trek TV and film series.  Visit his web site at The New Art Order.

Please visit the
Treklanta web site for more information about our guests, events and activities; preregister your membership; and book your hotel room.  We look forward to seeing you at Treklanta!
Treklanta embroidered polo shirts now available for preorder
High-quality pique polo shirts with the Treklanta logo embroidered in white with a black drop shadow on the left breast.  These comfortable, versatile and fashionable two-button collared polo shirts are available in all sizes from Small to 4XL in your choice of Black, Royal Blue, Maroon, Gold, Green or Red.  Shirts must be ordered by Friday, April 10, and will be available for pick-up from Registration at Treklanta on Friday, April 24.  Shirts will NOT be available for sale at the convention!  Show your pride and support of Treklanta and order yours today by visiting the VOLUNTEER page on our web site at and clicking the "Add to Cart" PayPal links to choose your size and color.  Thanks, and see you there!
Personnel Records
Welcome Aboard!  
Ensign Gaylen Greve
Decatur, Georgia
Ensign Vicki Greve
Decatur, Georgia
STARFLEET Academy Course Completions
Congratulations to ENS3 Tiffany Johnson, who received a grade of HONORS for the STARFLEET Academy course "Officer's Command College" from the Institute of Leadership Studies, completed on February 1, 2015.
STARFLEET Academy is a special collection of correspondence courses available to every STARFLEET member.  Over 60 Academy Colleges offer courses spanning all aspects of Star Trek and science fiction; some courses even cover non-sci-fi real world topics.  Each college offers dozens of different courses at varying levels of challenge from super-easy to really hard.  In total, there are nearly 1,000 different courses available.  Take a course today!

Something special going on in your life?  Submit your Personnel Record for publication in the next issue of The Republiqué!
Classified Ads
FOR SALE: Canon PowerShot A590 IS Digital Camera.  All original components, accessories and user manuals included.  $25.  Cash only. Any transaction final. You pick up.  Contact ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick at or (678) 350-5366.
FOR SALE: Specialized® Bicycle Helmet.  $20. Cash only. Any transaction final. You pick up.  Contact ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick at or (678) 350-5366.
Library Computer
USS Republic CO FCapt Eric L. Watts with Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner at the 2009 Dragon*Con.
Recent Chapter Event Photos
Where Is the United Federation of Planets?  ||  Feb. 14, 2015
Seated: Ensign "Wolfy," Ens Vicki Greve.
Standing: Ens Carly May, ENS1 Sue Lin Lange, Ens John May, XO Adm Mike Henigan, R2Z2 ZC Adm Kelly Hilliard, Ens Gaylen Greve, CO FCapt Eric L. Watts, Dr. Larry Krumenaker.
Dr. Krumenaker's presentation identified all the "real" planets, stars and astronomical objects that are mentioned by name in the history of Star Trek and laid them all out on a galactic map.
Captain Watts and the crew of the USS Republic.
The presentation was hosted by the Atlanta Astronomy Club.
Ensigns Carly and John May
Dr. Larry Krumenaker
ENS1 Sue Lin Lange & Ensign "Wolfy"
R2Z2 ZC Adm Kelly Hilliard & XO Adm Mike Henigan
AnachroCon Fan Table  ||  February 27–March 1, 2015
USS Republic CO FCapt and Treklanta Chairman Eric L. Watts manned the Treklanta fan table at AnachroCon pretty much by himself for pretty much the entire weekend.  Thanks in part to that gigantic seven-foot-tall banner featuring our celebrity guests of honor, four new Treklanta memberships were sold and a lot of people heard about the convention for the first time.

1 New Member in January!

Ens Daniel Cowart

These members' dues expired in
February or will expire in March.  Please renew now!

ENS1 Mark A. Ozanick
Lt JG Robert Louis Simon

The USS Republic NCC-1371 was originally commissioned as a chapter of STARFLEET International on May 14, 1988, at the Dixie-Trek convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  As of January 31, 2015, the Republic crew includes 33 members who are active members of STARFLEET in good standing.
The Republic plans and coordinates an active schedule of events for its members, but does not hold meetings on a consistently fixed date each month.
Because the USS Republic is a duly commissioned chapter of STARFLEET International and is bound and governed by its Constitution and By-Laws, membership in STARFLEET is a prerequisite for membership in the Republic.  STARFLEET dues for one person are $20 for a "Standard Membership" or $10 for an "E-Membership" and chapter dues are $10 per person for either membership option.  A combined payment for all dues is collected by the Republic (family discounts are available with certain conditions and restrictions).  Additional information about the two STARFLEET membership options, amounts due for additional family members, payment options and payment instructions is on the "How to Join" page of our award-winning web site.



AS OF MARCH 8, 2015

ENS1 Nelson M. Barnhouse

NEWS from
Leonard Nimoy, Spock of Star Trek, Dies at 83
By Virginia Heffernan
February 27, 2015
Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles.  He was 83.
His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier.  He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.
His artistic pursuits—poetry, photography and music in addition to acting—ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: "Live long and prosper" (from the Vulcan "Dif-tor heh smusma").
Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original Star Trek television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship's bridge.
Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: I Am Not Spock, published in 1975, and I Am Spock, published in 1995.
In the first, he wrote, "In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character."
Star Trek, which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star.  Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him "the conscience of Star Trek"—an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some special effects that appear primitive by today's standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.
His stardom would endure.  Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following—the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred)—coalesced soon after Star Trek went into syndication.
The fans' devotion only deepened when Star Trek was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including—besides Mr. Nimoy—William Shatner (as Captain Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).
When the director J. J. Abrams revived the Star Trek film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast including Zachary Quinto as Spock, he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character.  Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness.
His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond Star Trek and crossed genres.  He had a starring role in the dramatic television series Mission: Impossible and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof.  His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.
He also directed movies, including two from the Star Trek franchise, and television shows.  And he made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about Star Trek, and gave spoken-word performances—to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.
But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew, who was both one of the gang and a creature apart, engaged at times in a lonely struggle with his warring racial halves.
In one of his most memorable Star Trek performances, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character—Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster—who is transformed by love.
In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed.  Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth.  In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock's metamorphosis not only warmth, compassion and playfulness, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.
"I am what I am, Leila," Mr. Spock declares after the spores' effect has worn off and his emotions are again in check.  "And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them.  Mine can be no worse than someone else's."
Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews.  His father worked as a barber.
From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years.  In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn't until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, Queen for a Day and Rhubarb.
He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called Zombies of the Stratosphere, and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of The Twilight Zone.  His first starring movie role came in 1952 with Kid Monk Baroni, in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.
Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army's Special Services branch.  He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild's production of A Streetcar Named Desire before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.
He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cab driver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.  He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like Wagon Train, Rawhide and Perry Mason.  Then came Star Trek.
Mr. Nimoy directed the movies Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), which he helped write.  In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
He then directed the hugely successful comedy Three Men and a Baby (1987), a far cry from his science fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies.  He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie A Woman Called Golda, in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman.  It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career—the other three were for his Star Trek work—although he never won.
Mr. Nimoy's marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce.  Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and an older brother, Melvin.
Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying.  Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like "If I Had a Hammer."  (His first album was called Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space.)
From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Nimoy hosted the syndicated series In Search Of...," which explored mysteries like the Loch Ness monster and UFOs.  He also narrated Ancient Mysteries on the History Channel and appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for  He provided the voice for animated characters in Transformers: The Movie in 1986 and The Pagemaster" in 1994.
In 2001, he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV.  More recently, he had a recurring role on the science fiction series Fringe and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.
Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well.  The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.
He also found his voice as a writer.  Besides his autobiographies, he published A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life in 2002.  Typical of Mr. Nimoy's simple free verse are these lines: "In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me."
In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in Never Forget, a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.
In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published Shekhina, a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God.  His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teachings of the kabbalah.
His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock.  The character's split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.
"To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior," Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.
But that wasn't such a bad thing, he discovered.  "Given the choice," he wrote, "if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock."
Daniel E. Slotnik and Peter Keepnews contributed reporting.
© 2015 The New York Times Company

Harve Bennett, Star Trek Producer, Dies at 84
By Margalit Fox
March 6, 2015
Harve Bennett, producer of four Star Trek films and an Emmy-winning TV movie, died on Feb. 25 in Medford, Ore.  He was 84.
A friend, Terry Lee Rioux, said the cause was complications of a recent fall.
Mr. Bennett was best known for producing four of the original six Star Trek movies, starting with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982 and ending with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989.  His death came two days before that of Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in all six films and the original TV series, but was announced only this week.
Mr. Bennett also produced several noted mini-series, among them Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), starring Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte, and From Here to Eternity (1979), starring Natalie Wood and William Devane.  He received an Emmy Award as the executive producer of A Woman Called Golda (1982), a TV dramatization of the life of Golda Meir, starring Ingrid Bergman.
The son of a father who was a lawyer and a mother who was a newspaper reporter—a rare calling for a woman of the period—Mr. Bennett was born in Chicago on Aug. 17, 1930.  His parents' aspirations for him were inscribed in his very name: Harvard Bennett Fischman.
Mr. Bennett was the producer or executive producer of a string of shows in the 1970s and afterward, including The Mod Squad, The Invisible Man, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.
His other credits as an executive producer include a short-lived television revival of The Quiz Kids in 1981; The Jesse Owens Story, a 1984 TV movie starring Dorian Harewood; and, with Steven Spielberg, Invasion America, a 1998 animated science fiction series.
Mr. Bennett, who moved to Oregon after retiring from Hollywood, was divorced twice.  Survivors include his third wife, Jani.
© 2015 The New York Times Company
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