The Vulcan “salute” was devised by Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the half-Vulcan character Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek television series. A 1968 New York Times interview described the gesture as a “double-fingered version of Churchill’s victory sign”. Nimoy said in that interview that he “decided that the Vulcans were a ‘hand-oriented’ people”. Diehl, Digby (August 25, 1968). “Girls All Want To Touch The Ears”. The New York Times. p. 173.