rr Wireless Flash: MISTER SPOCK’S ‘LIVE LONG AND PROSPER’ SIGN WAS USED BY HEBREW HOLY MEN Tue 12-16-97 09:50 am

MISTER SPOCK’S ‘LIVE LONG AND PROSPER’ SIGN WAS USED BY HEBREW HOLY MEN

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It looks like Star Trek’s Mister Spock had some divine inspiration for that V-shaped Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” hand gesture.

According to Spock himself, actor Leonard Nimoy, the famous split-finger hand gesture was first used by ancient Hebrew holy men, who used it to bless the congregation while reciting prayers.

The 66-year-old actor says he first saw the gesture when he was a kid in synagogue, and when he landed the role of Spock many years later he thought it would be the perfect Vulcan sign for peace.

These days, Nimoy is busy producing audio versions of classic sci-fi novels with fellow Star Trek star John de Lancie, who played “Q” on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The latest tape in his Alien Voices series is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (Simon & Schuster).

CONTACT: Leonard Nimoy, (limited interviews avail.); Arrange thru Patricia Keim (Simon & Schuster); NYC; (212) 698-7088

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