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

>AUTHOR: Leonard Nimoy TITLE: I Am Spock PLACE: New York City NO. SIGNED: 598 in 90 minutes.

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.

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