The word Нимой in Russian means “mute”… “unspeaking”. There’s no doubt that Leonard Nimoy‘s people came from Grodno Guberniya (in present-day Belarus). You’d also like to know that his zayde was a passionate socialist, a keen reader of the Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward). For years, Leonard Nimoy hung out at the Science Museum in Boston… he was passionately involved with real science. He’s not the only famous actor with a Russian connection… there’s also David Duchovny (Духовний)… he starred in the spooky X-Files. His surname means “spiritual”… believe it or not! Hmm… Jack Palance of the spooky voice was actually Vladimir Palaniuk of Luzerne County in NEPA… just as Natalie Wood was really Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko of San Francisco CA. Her parents were from Siberia… they weren’t “Ukrainian” at all. Yes… she stayed a loyal Russian Orthodox Christian all her life. You see, some names do have meanings… for instance “Fireri” (of Guy Fieri of the Food Network) means “proud” in English… and Guy Fieri does have a whole lotta chutzpah and confidence.
My thanks to the Cabineteer who proposed this idea. Some of my best ideas come from my friends… I’m truly blessed…