Fly Robin Fly

FILE - This 1987 file photo released by Touchstone Pictures shows actor Robin Williams in character as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in director Barry Levinsons comedy drama, "Good Morning Vietnam." (AP Photo/Touchstone Pictures)

I was extremely saddened to learn that ‘entertainer extraordinaire’ Robin Williams passed away On Monday August 11, 2014. It was even more disheartening to hear officials speculate that he may have taken his own life. Indeed a crash landing for a man who soared to such magnificent heights as a performer.

I first became acquainted with the work of Robin Williams during the sitcom days of Mork & Mindy which ran from 1978 to 1982. He went on to do such hugely memorable things; everything from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire to Goodwill Hunting and more. His talent seemed to have no bounds and he always had me in stitches. I’ve seen him interviewed on numerous talk shows over the years and I have to say, it was painfully humorous to watch the host(s) try and conduct a serious interview with Mr. Williams with his constant joke-cracking at every turn, taking full advantage of every opportunity to throw them off their ‘game’ with his witty and outrageous tactics. I don’t recall witnessing one host who was able to keep it together in his presence.

You could just see them struggling to stay in control until it became impossible, at which point they would let loose into thunderous hysterical laughter. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but usually ended up doing both. Robin would just continue on mercilessly, with his rapid-fire barrage of comedic jokes that seemed to spew from a never-ending arsenal of humorous lines.

Comedic timing is key in the world of comedy and Robin Williams had it down to a science, that he managed to successfully convert into his own special art form.  He will surely be missed but  never forgotten and is certain to go down in entertainment history as one of the most accomplished entertainers to ever grace the screen,stage, etc. Rest in peace great man with the ever-present smile. Fly Robin fly.

By Sylvia Porter-Hall

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  1. Katherine "Angel" Hollie
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 04:38:11

    I’m just taken by surprise with this unfortunate news. He was the most memorable childhood comedic figure for me. I never had to worry what was came out his mouth or actions because he was ‘family friendly’. Such integrity. He will be missed :((

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    • sporterhall
      Aug 12, 2014 @ 04:49:36

      Hello. I was and am shocked also. He is one of my favorite entertainers every. And you’re right…he made us die laughing without all the profanity. Yes…he will truly be missed. May he rest in peace.

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  2. Katherine "Angel" Hollie
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 04:39:19

    excuse typo, long day

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  4. D'aller Naturel
    Aug 12, 2014 @ 14:00:44

    It really did hurt my heart to learn this yesterday. I literally gasped when my husband told me, followed by spurts of “shut up, you’re lying!” I just didn’t want to believe that the comedic genius of my child hood was gone. A man who brought so much joy and laughter to millions was unable to conjure up enough for himself…the world has an ironic sense of humor, I suppose. Depression is no discriminator of persons and he will be sorely missed. Much like Michael Jackson, he has left a void in this world which no one will be able to fill.

    P.S. this is a lovely written piece.

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    • sporterhall
      Aug 13, 2014 @ 00:03:47

      Hello my friend. Yes, I am very saddened and still stunned by the news of this comedic genius’s death. He as well as Michael Jackson both left a special kind of footprint on this world. Like you said, they left voids that can never be filled. They both may often be imitated, but never duplicated. Just goes to show that you never know what a person is going through, even behind all the laughter. Depression is a major demon that sneaks in and steals so many precious lives from the people we care about. May Robin Williams rest in peace. Thank you as always for taking the time to comment and for the wonderful compliment. I wrote this piece shortly after I saw the blurb splash across my t.v. screen last night. I felt like I had to write something to pay homage to this tremendously talented man.

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