|Leonard Nimoy says Alaska 'is absolutely beautiful'|
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Written by Associated Press
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — Leonard Nimoy, famous for his iconic and stoic Mr. Spock character in the “Star Trek” franchise, showed a little emotion about visiting Alaska this week.
“It’s absolutely beautiful, and the people are lucky to live here,” he told the Ketchikan Daily News on Tuesday.
Nimoy was on a cruise that took him to several Alaska cities. He spoke to the paper just as he was boarding a bus in Ketchikan for a flightseeing tour in the Misty Fiords National Monument.
“Anchorage, Seward, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan. One beautiful trip. LLAP,” he tweeted earlier on the cruise about the vacation.
LLAP stands for “live long and prosper,” a departing salutation for his Vulcan character. It’s said after Spock spreads four fingers into a V shape with the thumb extended.
The tweet caused a buzz, prompting retweets and responses from his fans in Alaska and beyond.
Besides acting, Nimoy, 82, is a writer, director, photographer, poet and singer, with five albums to his credit. But he’s best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV series that began in September 1966. He then starred in subsequent “Star Trek” movies.