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GUEST BLOG: In Memoriam of Leonard Nimoy & Terry Pratchett: Teachers of Life, Prosperity, Death & Humanity

(For this sentimental Geek Outlaw guest blog, I’ve again reached out to fellow Outlaw and ubergeek, Terris Gartner, to share his heartfelt thoughts on the recent passing of two pop culture legends. Join Terris as he pays tribute to the great Leonard Nimoy and the masterful Terry Pratchett.)



Terry Gartner “In Memoriam of Leonard Nimoy & Terry Pratchett: Teachers of Life, Prosperity, Death & Humanity”

  by Terris Gartner


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R.I.P Mr. Nimoy (2/27/15) & Mr. Pratchett (3/12/15)


“The miracle is this: the more we share the more we have.
     -Leonard Nimoy


On February 27th, 2015, the world lost one of its most esteemed and loved geeks in Leonard Nimoy. A day shy of two weeks later on March 12th, 2015, we also lost an enchanting literary outlaw, Sir Terry Pratchett.



Spoken like a true Outlaw.


Leonard Nimoy’s passing has been covered quite thoroughly, but I do want to touch upon the fact that he was best known for portraying an alien, and in the spirit of Star Trek, an alien that taught us so much about what it is to be human.

As Spock, he taught us to look to the stars, take on a whole new appreciation for science, and to think with logic. In so doing, he simultaneously showed us what we could lose if we were to sacrifice our emotions, and instead gave those emotions the luminous sheen that they deserved.


Leonard Nimoy

If you know what’s good for you, don’t ever ask the Outlaw exactly what he sees.


And then there is Sir Terry Pratchett. Yes, really a Sir. The world renowned author of the mega-popular Discworld series of fantasy novels, was knighted by the Queen in 2009. Sir Pratchett’s take on life was very… flippant. He knew that none of us were going to make it out alive, and I can only think that this is something he thought about a great deal. Many fans such as myself will tell you that one of their most beloved Pratchett characters is Death. The scythe wielding, black robed, skeletal figured entity with the eyes of blue. Eyes which encase the entire universe within.

In other words, Death is a beautiful thing, or so Pratchett seemed to think. And yet at the same time, to him Death wants very much to understand what it is to be human (much like a certain aforementioned Vulcan.)



This explains why I’m always so thirsty!



In fact, that is something that he explored on many occasions, and is likely why his readers grew to love the morbid character so dearly. Through the character of Death, Pratchett shared with us what it means to be alive.

Between the two icons, the loss of Pratchett, to me, was a tougher pill to swallow because he had been suffering from Alzheimers. Prachett was a mere 66 years of age at his passing. Even after his diagnosis, he fought hard to maintain a productive life and was an inspiration to many, myself included.



And still a better writer than Geek Outlaw. But who isn’t?


It is difficult not to grieve for him, and yet I don’t think Pratchett would grieve for himself. He loved to live, and lived to love. Like our other revered friend, Mr. Nimoy, he lived well, if not as long as he might have preferred.

So instead, I will celebrate their lives. I will be thankful for the lessons they left us with. Lessons about being different, being the same, and being civil towards others. And most importantly, lessons about cats.

So let us honor the memories of these great men not by grieving for them, but by remembering all the beauty they gave us. Let us strive to be the better humans. Let us continue to reach for the stars not only in our spacecraft, but in our minds and in our hearts. Let us stop worrying so much about death tomorrow and start living life today.




RIP Nimoy and Sir Pratchett. You will never truly die, for you will never be forgotten.


“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?”
     -Terry Pratchett





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