And What We Can Learn, Too

March 2, 2015 10:27 AM

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Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at 83, and whose funeral was held yesterday in Los Angeles, will, of course, always be remembered for his Star Trek role as Mr. Spock. But Nimoy himself never forgot were he first honed the skills that would eventually lead him to stardom: Boston’s West End, where he grew up in the 1930s and 1940s—and, more specifically, and significantly, in an institution there called the West End House.

The West End was a quintessential working-class immigrant neighborhood of narrow streets, pushcarts and three-story tenements. Long after he’d become a star, Nimoy continued to consider himself a “West Ender.As he would recall for an oral history project, he named his house and boat in Lake Tahoe “W...

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