Poughkeepsie Journal Interviews Captain Starshine on Leonard Nimoy


When Leonard Nimoy died on February 27, 2015, reporter John Barry contacted Lee Starshine, Captain of the USS Henry Hudson, for a local perspective.

The article appeared on the cover of thePoughkeepsie Journalon Saturday, February 28. Here is the article (c) 2015 Poughkeepsie Journal.

Nimoy’s roles had impact on local fans

By John Barry

Spock in the world of science fiction and beyond was famous for restraining his emotions – nearly all the time – and viewing the world from a very scientific perspective that revolved around logic.

With an analytical response shaded by a tinge of emotion, Lee Starshine of the Town of Poughkeepsie seemed to channel Mr. Spock when describing her reaction to the death of Leonard Nimoy.“It’s verifying to me the cycle of life,” Starshine said. “We are not immortal.”Starshine’s words evoked Mr. Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human character made famous by Nimoy in the “Star Trek” television series and films. Spock in the world of science fiction and beyond was famous for restraining his emotions — nearly all the time — and for viewing the world from a very scientific perspective that revolved around logic.Along with many today, Starshine, the captain — president in civilian terms, she said — of the USS Henry Hudson Chapter of the Starfleet Command fan club, an international organization, mourns the death of Nimoy. The actor died Friday in Los Angeles. He was 83.Starshine’s connection to Spock transcends entertainment.“When I was a teenager, I used to have some very strong emotions and, yet, I couldn’t express them,” she said. “I would switch over to Spock mode. People would ask me how I felt. I would say, ‘I don’t feel anything because I am Vulcan.’ It was a way of me not having to project my feelings or express them.”And bringing Spock to life was Nimoy.“He just seemed to take the script, take his lines and turn it into something real for us,” Starshine said of Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock. “We’ve never met an actual alien. He defined for us a certain type of alien that we really got to know, who is not superficial. I could tell he put a lot of effort into making it plausible for us.”John Lefsky of New Paltz will always remember Nimoy for his role in the 1991 television movie, “Never Forget.” According to the Internet Movie Database, “Never Forget” was “a dramatization of a Holocaust survivor who confronted a Holocaust denial organization’s lies in court.”“It was the first time I had seen him in anything where he wasn’t Spock,” said Lefsky, owner of Jack’s Rhythms record store in New Paltz. “And he was really good.”

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