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Goodbye Mr. Spock

ORG XMIT: NYET743 FILE- This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series
ORG XMIT: NYET743 FILE- This undated file photo shows actors in the TV series "Star Trek," from left, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, William Shatner as Captain Kirk, DeForest Kelley as Doctor McCoy and James Doohan as Commander Scott. (AP Photo/Paramount Television ,File) ** NO SALES ** (Anonymous Anonymous / The Spokesman-Review)

Leonard Nimoy, who played the emotion-less alien, Mr. Spock, in Star Trek has annouced his retirement from the Star Trek convention circuit.

I've been a big "Star Trek" fan since seventh grade when the original series came out, despite my sister telling me a few years ago that she read that "Star Trek" fans suffer from depression.

Anyway, Nimoy, who is 80, will be missed. The stories written about his retirement don't mention a reason. Maybe he just burned out. I think we all have to, or want to, give up regular parts of our routines as we age. My husband, a golf champ in high school, quit golfing in his 40s because he said he knew he was losing the touch and the desire to play.

No shame in giving up.

So what did have you given up as you age?

(AP file photo. Spock has the big ears)

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