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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time Passages

It's been a little more than a week since Robin Williams took his own life.

Depression and substance abuse are the perfect storm, and it enveloped Mr. Williams.

Do yourself a favor.  It has to be on line somewhere.  Check out David Letterman's Monday night tribute.  It was a mix of clips and some old stories.  Letterman did it in a way that made you laugh and cry at the same time.

I have to admit, Williams' comedy was a bit frenetic for my tastes.  The man could do drama.

His situation was frightening in that you never know what someone is holding inside.  Robin Williams was suffering through pain that eventually led to an unhappy ending.

Don Pardo passed away Monday in Arizona.  96.

Most people will remember Pardo as the Saturday Night Live announcer.  As someone who grew up on 60's and 70's game shows, I'll remember Pardo as announcing some of the classics, including the original Jeopardy.  Pardo was also part of a lot of the NBC game shows when they done live, and later taped in New York City.  The legendary Bill Cullen hosted several of those, and Cullen frequently included Pardo as part of the act.

Great voice.  Great humor.  A legend in the business.