Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP Robin Williams


It really has nothing to do with garage or estate sales, but Robin Williams had such an impact on my childhood, I couldn't let him pass without some kind of mention.

One thing that bothered Robin Williams was despite his many critically acclaimed roles, people's minds always returned to his role as Mork:
"People say you're an Academy Award winner," he said. "The Academy Award lasted about a week and then one week later, people went, 'Hey Mork!'"
I think the fact that people always remembered him for that was a statement of the impact of that character and Robin's take on him and a reflection of how beloved he was.  It's too bad Robin Williams didn't see it that way and accept what an honor it truly was.

 Rest in Peace, Robin, we'll miss you.  I hope your demons have finally been driven out.

The cover is from a TV Guide post from last year.

7 comments:

  1. i think the reason he didn't look back as fondly on his Mork times as the rest of the world was because it was a crazy and difficult time for him. he rocketed to success almost literally overnight, and then rather quickly became a cocaine addict... it was a dark time from his perspective. i of course have been spending the week thinking about him and trying to wrap my head around it all... i just can't understand how some people find suicide the only answer... i hope he found the peace he was seeking. i mourn the loss of his gentle, creative spirit in our world. i wore my rainbow suspenders yesterday in his memory. shazbot. : (

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    1. Of course, we can never get into his mind and feel what he was feeling, but reading the comments from his children, friends and neighbors (like how he would ride his bike through the neighborhood and stop and talk to all of the kids) just makes you realize what a terrible and selfish choice suicide is.

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    2. i hate to use the word "selfish" myself... it sounds so judgemental. like you said, we can't know what he was thinking or feeling. selfishness, in a way, would also apply to us, wouldn't it? that all of us would want him to keep living, struggling with his illnesses and inner demons, just so we can be entertained by his work? i don't know... it's such a complicated, painful issue, and all i know is that there must be a better way.

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    3. I know "selfish" sounds harsh, but that's the way I feel. It's a "solution" for the person doing it, but it devastates the people that they leave behind, and I'm referring to his family and real friends, not so much his fans.

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    4. no, i definitely am thinking of them, too. even though they are his closest and dearest, it underlines to me the depth of the pain he must have been feeling that this felt like the only and ultimately best solution for all, in his mind. like i said, i can't really wrap my head around this thinking, but that clearly was what he decided.

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  2. Mork was a big deal to me in my childhood. Learned a lot about life from Mork as he did from the humans on Earth. I wore his suspenders and carried his figure around for years. Robin Williams is gone and part of me feels like Mork is now, too. And that is hard to grasp.

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    1. i agree, joe. i'm originally from colorado, and being a CO kid in the 70s... mork was like the cool guy you just knew lived somewhere near, and he was awesome. there's definitely a robin williams shaped hole in my heart now.

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