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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When words are insufficient...goodbye Robin Williams

Hello Gentle Readers,

For those that don't know, we lost a wonderfully talented, beautifully intelligent, and amazingly funny man.

Robin Williams has been an inextricable part of my life since day 1. My mother absolutely loved all things Happy Days, which included the sitcom Mork and Mindy.

When I first began my media career, it wasn't because of a love of filmmaking, it was because I had the gift of gab. I spent every morning during my high school senior year calling "Good Morning Wildcats!" Why, because of Robin Williams. Because I watched Good Morning Vietnam.

Robin taught me it was OK to be smart, to want to make people laugh, and he made me fall in love with improvisation. To this day, I still love to improv my way through situations, riffing off what people say and enjoying the concept of entertaining.

Robin and Koko the Gorilla

I've written before about the affect those we've never met can have on us: 

"I cried when I found out Jim Henson died. I'm a little misty-eyed even as I write this. If there's one thing that The Muppets have taught me, it's that there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling that way. Just because you've never met someone, doesn't mean they didn't have a profound affect on your life."

I want to share a reflection I wrote for Robin Williams: 

When words are insufficient
to share my hardened grief
My smile is all I can offer
to share the love you gave. 

Jay Mims writes books, blogs, is on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. He brought so much laughter and happiness to my childhood. I don't think it would have been the same without his remarkable talent. RIP Robin Williams

  2. I cried when I found out Jim Henson died, too. And I cried last night for Robin Williams. I also bawled like a baby when I found out Charles Schultz died. We connect with entertainers and artists, even if we never met them. They made us laugh and cry and wonder and dream. It's highly appropriate to mourn their passing.