I am huge OST (Original Star Trek) fan. I still watch them like my father watches Gun Smoke, Bonanza, and The Rifleman. They bring a deep feeling of my youth and comfort. I once went and saw Leonard Nimoy speak while a student at UAB in the mid 80’s. I brought along a pair of Spock Ears, but was too shy to put them on during his 90 minute or so discussion. It was as Spock would say … “Fascinating”. Being the opposite of his character Spock, over sensitive and hyper emotional, following my illogical impulses of self-destruction as a young man; I looked up to him, yearned to be Spock-like, making logical decisions unaffected by my feelings and desires. So I am deeply touched by his passing, but not sad.  He lived a very long and prosperous life, and like us overcame the disease of addiction.

From a 2001 interview with The Telegraph:

Star Trek Drove Me To Drink

THE actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in Star Trek, has admitted that his role as the Starship Enterprise’s straight-laced Vulcan with two hearts and no emotions, led him to alcohol addiction.

Once the cameras stopped, he reached for a drink and later fought a long battle with alcohol abuse. He made the confession in a video he has completed with William Shatner, who played the Enterprise’s Captain Kirk. They interviewed each other for 80 minutes about how the science fiction series affected their lives.

Nimoy, 70, the son of Ukrainian Jewish peasants, told for the first time how his problem started with the two glasses of wine he would use to wind down after long hours of filming. “I started drinking regularly, ritually, during the second or third year of our series.

“The minute we finished the last shot I would have a drink. Then it became a series of drinks, little by little. Before I knew it I was drinking more and more because my addictive personality was taking over.”

Nimoy said he drank wine, beer and spirits to deal with the pressures of fame. His secretary would bring him alcohol, disguised in a cardboard cup. Nimoy said that eventually, realizing the toll it was taking on his professional work and personal life, he went to a rehabilitation clinic.

He blamed his addiction partly on the breakdown of his first marriage to Sandra Zober after 32 years. He reportedly walked out on her 56th birthday. A year after his divorce in 1987 he married Susan Bay. Nimoy, a father of two, said he had not had alcohol since he “fell in love” with Bay, a film executive.

In addition to his own struggles he helped co-star Captain Kirk through a rough patch of his own as we posted here on TDA way back in 2008: Famous Al-Anon’er: William Shatner

Excerpt –

“Captain, that’s not logical.” Dr. Spock said it often to Captain Kirk, but Leonard Nimoy also said something similar to William Shatner before his wedding.

He said just one sentence, ‘Bill, you do know that Nerine is an alcoholic.’ I’m not sure what Leonard expected me to say. ‘I know she is,’ I told him. ‘But I love her.’ Leonard didn’t speak for a minute and then he said, sadly, ‘Well, Bill, then you are in for a rough ride’.”~ The Age

Nimoy was not channeling his Vulcan character, as a recovering alcoholic he knew first hand the potential pain Shatner could face. Nine years later Shatner came home to find his floating face down in the pool, dead from an overdose of alcohol and valium.

He would admit that another vice, a self described Olympic Caliber Smoker who sometimes even lit up in the shower for a puff, would probably be his downfall because of the COPD he contracted even after having quit them for 30 years. He won the battle over cigarettes like he did with alcohol, but lost the war, as the COPD finally overcame his defenses in old age.

Leonard Nimoy was 83.  I have been, and always shall be, an ardent admirer.

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Sadder But Wiser

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by Screedler on February 25, 2015

Like most men my age, I grew up with MAD Magazine. My favorite issues involved spoofs of current movies and TV shows of the time – Happy Days, SWAT, Star Wars, and Animal House parodies come to mind.

Another favorite running gag was their fake ads. Mad Magazine never ran real ads and hence made no money from advertisers in their publication. All their costs were covered by subscription price, allowing the writers and artists to spoof real ads with unbridled and sometimes brutal humor. Some of their favorite targets and were the beer and tobacco industry and here are some from the early days.

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winsom

padst urp

lucky strife

And finally perhaps their most controversial ad; I hope it doesn’t offend anyone here, but keep in mind MAD was co-founded by Harvey Kurtzman, a New Yorker born to Jewish immigrants.

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Red Carpet News – And the Oscar goes to…

by Screedler on February 22, 2015

Rehab if he keeps up this up. This appeared on Hollywood boulevard a couple of days ago. Doubtful we will see it tonight.

oscar snorting coke

And last year the same artist who goes by the moniker Plastic Jesus wowed the crowd with this tasteful work –

oscar shooting heroin

Stay classy PJ.  Next year, I hear he is using the same coke snorting statue for a butt-chugging themed installation.

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Flow States and Addiction Management

February 19, 2015

Thought provoking article on addiction found on the Singularity Hub – The Truth About Addiction: We’re All Junkies Now. The article postulates that everyone is an addict; that it is the nature of being human. There is no normal non-addictive state, and since addiction is unavoidable, what we need to do is start teaching people—and […]

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Nobody’s Fault But Mine

February 16, 2015

They were the epitome of the saying Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll. But, there was a time before Led Zeppelin came to an unexpected end, that lead singer Robert Plant started to think if they did not change their ways, things were destined to get bad. And they did, especially for drummer Jon Bonham, […]

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John Oliver Vs. The Drug Pushers

February 12, 2015

Four billion dollars could go a long way in helping us find a cure for Restless Leg Syndrome, or any malady for that matter. That is how much the drug makers spend per year on the pervasive drug ads that are on TV and in print. But it is nowhere near how much they spend […]

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Alcohol Poisoning Deaths

February 9, 2015

No surprise here, it’s like I had a bull’s-eye painted on my back. If you wondered into ten random AA meetings, I bet the breakout of attendees would closely match these numbers. The CDC has published a new study that takes an in-depth look at who exactly is dying from alcohol poisoning in America. The […]

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Nothing Blue

February 5, 2015

I have made a few additions to the website.  Some new tabs, one featuring the Letters from Hell, and another featuring all the music we have highlighted over the years.  Music has always been a big part of my recovery and this site.  We even interviewed Art Alexakis of Everclear  one time. That’s the something old and […]

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Sly Stone – Mo Money, Mo Problems?

February 2, 2015

It’s no secret that funk legend Sly Stone had or has a huge drug problem that certainly did not help in landing him in A Van Down By The River, but maybe, just maybe, his luck is changing. Sly has won a court case that has been in the works since 2010 and awards him […]

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First Rule of DWD – Go Big or Go Home

January 29, 2015

Well that was more prophetic than I thought.   I ended my last post on DWD (Droning While Drunk) mentioning the fact that perhaps more attention would be given to irresponsible operating an unmanned vehicle after one crashed in the White House lawn.    Not only has it gotten the drone operator in hot water, it turned […]

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Droning While Drunk and other Crimes of the Future

January 26, 2015

This idea for a story has been sitting in my drafts folder for a couple of months.  It’s amazing how fast things are moving on all technological fronts. The post was originally inspired by an accident involving a drone that hit an unsuspecting person at a football game here locally – Tuscaloosa police searching for operator […]

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Higher Power’s Whisper

January 21, 2015

I heard this on The Current and for some reason thought it might have to do with recovery. After watching the video, the verdict is still out, but it undoubtedly is dealing with issues of youth substance use. If you take the first image of the kids drinking in front of a “Dead End” sign, […]

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Beware The Pooch Hooch

January 18, 2015

Alcohol abuse can sometimes extend beyond the human condition. Pet owners were unwittingly getting their sometimes unruly or nervous dogs soused by spiking their drinking water with a “calming” potion by the name of Good Dog Pet Calming Supplement.  Fortunately, pet supply giant Petco has pulled the product off their website and shelves, raising awareness […]

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Well that escalated quickly…

January 14, 2015

Ever been at a concert or sporting event and wish you could get rid of a bunch of unruly drunks. Notice how they just turn it off at the end. See ya!

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Willpower 101

January 11, 2015

Piggybacking on the last post about ignoring alcohol advertisements, I found an informative article over at io9 well worth reading in it’s entirety How to Make Your Willpower Stronger — According to Science. Some of the highlights: Consistent Throughout Life The neurological basis of willpower is further enforced by a long-term study adopted by Cornell […]

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