#RIP: FAREWELL, ROBIN WILLIAMS
I’ll never forget that cold night in November 2012. I happened to have a day off and remember stressing the month prior whether or not I’d miss my chance to see Robin Williams live. The stars aligned fortunately and I would do everything in my power to make this meeting happen. I knew I couldn’t afford tickets to his Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Show, so my only shot was getting a glimpse of him arriving. And what a wait that was, as I arrived midday at the venue – early, yes, but necessary.
As time passed and it got closer to Showtime, the crowd outside the Stage Door grew and all of us – including some Fans who drove from the U.S. to see him – I became less and less hopeful I’d get my Robin Williams Moment. I mean, adored the Man. Mrs. Doubtfire, Mork & Mindy, Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin. These are only a handful of the Movies and Television Shows which would forever leave an imprint on a Generation – my Generation – thanks to Williams.
Finally with only a little bit of time till the Show started, Williams arrived and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. In what had to be a crowd of 100+ Fans, he stopped and posed for Photos with practically everyone and he was a Champ about it. You can see his cheeks turn rosey and his eyes watery from the cold in our Photo below:
See a Video I took of Williams in the moment:
I won’t forget Williams‘ great generosity that night. Although the moment was brief, it left me with a great sense of happiness and happiness is what he brought to the World with his wit, energy, charm and smile. We’ll never fully understand what he was going through leading to his passing (more here), but let it be known he too never will fully understand the difference he made in our lives and how much love and adoration he has from his Fans.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong)