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When Leonard Nimoy visited Hillsboro
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Actor Leonard Nimoy visited Hillsboro in 1972 while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. Left-right: Mark Stevens; William Jirschele; Nimoy; Rick Ridder. - photo by Contributed/Richard Sweeney

Richard Sweeney of Hillsboro submitted a -copy of a photograph by Stanley Sherman and an article from the April 6, 1972 Sentry Enterprise chronicling a visit to the city by actor Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 in Los Angeles of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at age 83.

Nimoy, best known for playing the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock on the original “Star Trek” television series from 1966-1969 on NBC and disguise master Paris the Great on CBS’ “Mission: Impossible” from 1969-1971,  was campaigning for then-U.S. Sen. George McGovern (D-South Dakota), who had won Wisconsin’s Democratic presidential primary en route to becoming the Democrats’ challenger to incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon. 

The actor was in Hillsboro to meet the pilot who was to fly him around the state on campaign visits.

Pictured with Nimoy is William Jirschele, personal friend of McGovern and then-cashier at Farmers State Bank. Both men were bomber pilots in the same squadron in World War II. 

Left-right: Mark Stevens of Milwaukee; Jirschele; Nimoy; Rick Ridder of Washington, D.C.