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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Robin Williams (1951-2014)

People who know me personally know that I am seldom at a loss for words. But today, I strained to find a subject to discuss. Truthfully, the current events subject dominating my thoughts was the tragic apparent suicide of actor and comic Robin Williams.

While he had a hysterical stand-up bit with his “theory” on the invention of the game of golf and a dramatic scene in Good Will Hunting involving Carlton Fisk’s dramatic home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Williams is not a sports figure. However, there are some public figures whose lives transcend their core subject matter associations.
There is not a one of you reading this blog who hasn’t observed Williams’ work. I doubt there is one of you who haven’t had some joy or enrichment brought to your life at some point by his work. Whether you grew up on Mork & Mindy, enjoyed being a kid or felt like a kid again from his portrayal of Peter Pan in “Hook”, a Genie in “Aladdin” (my personal favorite), or a cross dressing dad in “Mrs. Doubtfire”, appreciated his side-splitting stand up acts, or were taken in by his dramatic acting roles, Williams probably touched your life for the better in some way.
We’ll get back to sports tomorrow at The Hat Trick. Today, I wanted to remember a talented man whose work nearly all of us knew and enjoyed. He is a man the world has lost and is mourning today.

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