Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek’s Iconic ‘Mr. Spock’ Sparks Canadian Five Dollar Bill Meme

March 2, 2015 Updated: April 23, 2016


Long time Star Trek idol Leonard Nimoy passed on this past Friday due to COPD complications.   His death sparked various memes worldwide including a group of Canadians who began “Spocking” their five dollar bills. “Spocking” being drawing over the official image of former Canadian Prime Minister  Wilfrid Laurier.   The Laurier image is being defaced with Spock’s signature bowl hairstyle, pointed Vulcan ears and upslanted eyebrows.  

As it turns out The Bank of Canada announced earlier today that the defacing of the image is not illegal.   They do however note that the defaced currency may be denied by some retailers and may be taken out of circulation.  Really.  I’d bet money on the opposite effect.  If they are taken out of circulation it could be via fanatical collectors who decide to hoard them.  As long as the practice is legal it’s going to thrive until the good people of Canada tire of the meme which has now made its way south of their boarders into U.S. territories.  Americans too are “Spocking” their dollar bills. 




The “Spocked” American Five Dollar Bill

Epoch Times Photo


NIMOY WAS LAID TO REST in Los Angeles on March 1. It was a private service attended only by family and Nimoy’s closest friends.  Nimoy’s family included his wife Susan Bay, their two children, and his stepson.

Nimoy was born on March 26, 1931 in the  Boston, Massachusetts West End neighborhood.   He was the son of Orthodox Ukrainian Jews.  His father walked out of Russia on foot into Poland and later settled in the United States where he became the proprietor of a barbershop.  

Nimoy began acting in a children’s theater at the age of 8.   He later took acting classes at Boston College.   In 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for 18 months.   After scores of minor roles Nimoy garnered his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek in 1966.  He earned three Emmy award nominations.  He later went on to reprise his role in the successful film franchise of the series.

NIMOY was also a director, a poet, a songwriter, singer, and photographer.  He was 83 when he died.  He lived a long life and prospered.



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