How did he have time?
Between solving the Cuban missile crisis and spending time with Marilyn Monroe?
Live Long and Prosper, But First Pay Your Cab Fare
Leonard Nimoy moved to Hollywood as a young man. Determined to make a living as an actor, if not become a leading man, he struggled for a while – as most actors do.
Nimoy paid his rent by driving a cab. And he spent more than a few hours squiring celebrities around Los Angeles while looking at them with envy in his rear view mirror.
When asked to name his most memorable passenger, Nimoy didn’t hesitate. John F. Kennedy – none other than the future President of the United States rode in Leonard Nimoy’s cab. JFK was a Senator from Massachusetts at the time.
How times have changed that such a high profile politician wasn’t hidden behind an armored limo’s tinted windows, huh?
This Was Pre-Marilyn, Of Course, So That Must’ve Been Someone Else’s Perfume
Was it the future stature attained by JFK that made him Nimoy’s most memorable? Was it the smell of Marilyn Monroe’s perfume still lingering on his label?
Or was it the think New England accent?
It was none of those things. John F Kennedy is remembered so vividly by Leonard Nimoy because he invented Nimoy’s iconic character, Spock.
Well, not literally.
John F Kennedy Went Out of His Way to Make Nimoy Feel Important
Nimoy volunteered to Kennedy that he was an actor. And then, much to Nimoy’s surprise, JFK spent the rest of the ride asking his opinions on a wide variety of topics. Nimoy knew well that Kennedy was far more informed than he, yet he never forgot how genuinely the Senator listened.
It made Nimoy feel special in a way he vowed to give back if he ever had the chance.
And, of course, Nimoy did. Because he landed the iconic role of Spock in the hit television show, Star Trek. And became one of the most recognizable actors in the world.
How Did JFK Give Gene Roddenberry the Gift of Spock?
During their ride, Nimoy vented his frustrations about how crowed the acting field was. He whined about how many men were competing for a small number of roles and how the odds were stacked against standing out from the crowd.
And John Kennedy’s response changed Nimoy’s life. With sincerity and conviction, Kennedy said, “There’s always room for one more good person, no matter how crowded the field.”
How right JFK was, of course. Little did he know it, but Kennedy was urging Leonard Nimoy to apply his life to a quantum paradigm. Non-causality.
There truly are no guarantees, no certain cause-and-effect relationships, in our universe. And when we keep all potential outcomes as alive as we can, by not pre-deciding what is and is not possible, we are living according to non-causality.
Past Results Do Not Guarantee Future Performance – In Any Endeavor
Another way of seeing the acting field, for example, is – if it’s so crowded, there must be a lot of demand for actors. And, truly, what director isn’t constantly open to meeting a talented, intelligent new actor who proves easy to work with?
Leonard Nimoy certainly took John F Kennedy’s advice to heart. He recommitted himself to his acting career with a new focus on displaying his talent as often as possible – knowing that his time would come when he was afforded an audience with a director who needed him.
Spock was born soon after. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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