Picks and Pans Review: On Tour With...
updated 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/13/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
HE IS, AS HIS BOOK SAYS, SPOCK. WELL, he's not really Spock. "I think people know the difference between me and the character," said Leonard Nimoy, 64, sweeping into a book signing during his current nine-city tour. "I don't think anybody expects me to come out in costume and makeup." Indeed, the gathered Trekkers were equally dressed down: no Spock ears, no Starfleet uniforms, no Klingon cosmetics; the excitement was palpable but hushed. "Nimoy never signs at Star Trek conventions," said first-inline fan Glenn Curry, who showed up for the 7:30 p.m. signing at 9:00 a.m. "That's why this is so rare."
Then, boldly going where he has seldom gone before—near his fans—a cordial Nimoy sat and started mind-melding. "Did you look into his eyes?" asked a giddy Vivian DeFreitas, who had three books signed. "It was like looking right at Spock." Next, Nimoy gave the Vulcan greeting to 9-year-old Marlena McMahon, who has "been a fan since she was in utero," noted her mother, Regina. And, after shaking Nimoy's hand, Michael Marra declared, "Now I've lived a full life." As the logical one exited to the Star Trek theme, he left admirers like Kevin Schwab wrapped in a warm glow. "I've met plenty of humans already, but he's a Vulcan," said Schwab. "He's like the best Vulcan there is."
Sign long and prosper.