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Riverside resident reacts to Leonard Nimoy's death

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RIVERSIDE (KWWL) -

People living in the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from the Star Trek series are reacting to actor Leonard Nimoy's death.

Nimoy, 83, died Friday in his Los Angeles home battling pulmonary disease.

"Wait a minute, where are the ears," said die-hard Star Trek fan, Mike Meinders. "We knew he had some health issues, but we didn't expect anything like this."

The pointed ears and unemotional manner of a character known as Mr. Spock has people living in Riverside Iowa remembering his role.

"Captain Kirk says, I'm from a small town in Iowa,'" said Meinders. "That's where they left it. They didn't say what town, what area, just a small town in Iowa."

Mike has been a huge Star Trek fan since the TV series aired in the 1960's.

He says the futuristic aspect of the series pulled him in.

"A lot of the stuff they put on there, pretty much come to fruition. Cell phones, the flip ups, anybody else got anything like that? I think it's called a communicator," said Meinders.

Riverside is a small town with big Star Trek themes.

The town's motto: "Where the trek begins."

The town of about 1,000 have Star Trek exhibits and souvenirs inside the Voyage Home Riverside History Center.

Every year, Riverside holds a big Star Trek celebration called "Trek Fest."

This year, it'll be held in June and organizers say they will set aside some time to remember Nimoy.

"[Nimoy's] scope of talent was so great because we've seen him in other movies. He's going to be missed, he's a great actor and humanitarian and everything else," said Meinders.

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