“37 Years Of Robin Williams…” (An Homage)

I can’t really explain in words why the passing of Robin Williams has affected me so…

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Yes, there is a touch of ‘celebrity fascination’ there. Yes, it’s always sad when another human being’s flame goes out. And yes, the hint of suicide makes it even more shocking, true or not. But for me personally, he’s kinda ‘been there with me’ in one form or another throughout my entire life. He has portrayed characters that for me were relevant, believable and timeless. Crazy ones, funny ones, vicious ones, bad ones, good ones and even futuristic robotic ones. I can safely say that I’ve been influenced by him at various times in various different ways as far back as I can remember.

Sure, I didn’t know him. Sure, there’s probably another billion people on the planet that will say the same thing. But the truth is, the more we see and hear someone, the more they’re in our everyday lives, the more we remember and are guided by the things they say…even if we only know them through media. I remember the lines from his movies, including all the songs from the animated ones. I know the jokes from his standup routines and the one-liners from his videos and cassette tapes. I ‘know’ who he was, or at least who he wanted us to think he was. So I’m ‘sad’ that he’s gone, or whatever you’d like to call that feeling you feel when you know you’re going to ‘miss’ someone, even if you didn’t ‘know’ them.

After hearing of his death, I began to read up on him and his past. I realized his career happened to extend the span of my life…37 years to be exact. So just for him (and for you if you’d care to join me) I’m going to pay homage to his life in my own little way with this: ’37 Years Of Robin Williams.”

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1977: HBO

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199: THE RICHARD PRYOR SHOW

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1978: HAPPY DAYS (AS MORK)

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1978: POPEYE

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1978: MORK & MINDY

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1982: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP

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1984: MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON

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1987: GOOD MORNING VIETNAM

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1988: ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN

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1989: DEAD POETS SOCIETY

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1990: AWAKENINGS

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1991: HOOK

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1992: ALADDIN

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1993: MRS. DOUBTFIRE

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1995: JUMANJI

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1995: NINE MONTHS

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1996: JACK

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1996: THE BIRDCAGE

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1997: GOOD WILL HUNTING

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1998: PATCH ADAMS

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1999: BICENTENNIAL MAN

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2002: ONE HOUR PHOTO

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2005: ROBOTS

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2006: HAPPY FEET

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2006: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

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2009: OLD DOGS

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2009: WORLD’S GREATEST DAD

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– F


PS. Bangarang, Peter.

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