Back when Startrek became the hottest television show since the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, I was a huge fan. Still am. My sister and I never missed an episode. I idolized Spock, thought he was super cool, and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when I attended a special service at my friend's temple, where Leonard Nimoy, shaved eyebrows and all, made an appearance to speak with the congregation. I'm not Jewish, but Leonard is, and so is my friend. She used to come to church with me sometimes, but my church never had anything so cool as Spock on stage. *Swoon!*
So what does this have to do with Mr. Nimoy almost becoming my stepdad? Nothing. At least not yet. I'm just pointing out that he was a regular guy in spite of his stardom.
I was born in Hollywood, California, and we lived in a cozy little Leave It To Beaver type suburb in L.A. It wasn't uncommon to see a movie star at the zoo, mall or grocery store, or come across a movie set in the middle of a parking lot somewhere. I suppose it still happens, but Los Angeles was much smaller forty-five years ago and celebrity sightings weren't as rare as they are today. I remember watching a scene from Mod Squad being shot in a parking garage a few blocks from my house.
My dad died when I was nine, and a year later, my mom's friends were trying to get her back in the dating game. My mom didn't know many celebrities, except for Sebastian Cabot (Family Affair), who she met at the hospital when my dad was sick. I even got to talk to him on the phone a few times.
Some of Mom's friends talked her into going on a blind date with a man they thought would be perfect for her. It was all arranged. He'd pick her up Saturday night and they'd go out to dinner. That perfect man just happened to be Leonard Nimoy.
Did I know this was going to happen? No. And thanks to my mom getting cold feet, it never did. She didn't feel comfortable dating anyone yet, so she cancelled the date and Mr. Nemoy never made it to my house. *sniff*
Are there any celebrities in your life? Do tell!