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smile through the tears

By Tara Zandra | August 12, 2014

Comedians aren’t supposed to die. They are the ones who help us get through the times of pain.

Laughter is the best medicine, after all.

The world will be a little dimmer without Robin William’s manic genius. I ache for the man who did nothing but bring joy to millions yet felt he could no longer face his own dark demons.

I’ve met more than a few celebrities in my life. He is the one that is my favorite memory. It was brief but I’ll never forget it. I was working at Disneyland at the bottom of the stairs of what was then the Disney Gallery. There was a balcony there that provided viewing of Fantasmic and it became a place to allow celebrities to watch the show. The night he was to be there, I was giddy. Then I saw him walking towards me and he had a grin on his face, put out his hand to shake mine and said, “Hi, I’m Robin. They said I should go to the stairs to watch the show?” I tripped over my words, but managed to convey that he was in the right place and where to go. I’m sure he said thank you and then that was it, but oh how fortunate I felt!

I grew up with Robin Williams from “Nanu-Nanu,” to “Bangarang,” to last season’s show The Crazy Ones and so, so many in between. And goodness bless youtube which makes watching his antics on talk shows, and awards shows, and benefits that much easier. I feel it will be a while before I can watch them now.

Good bye, Robin Williams. May you finally find peace as you bring laughter to the angels.

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3 Responses to “smile through the tears”

  1. Vanessa Says:
    August 12th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    That’s such a sweet memory. I think it says so much about him that he introduced himself like a normal person, instead of sweeping in and expecting you to know who he was. I hope he’s at peace now.

  2. Robin Says:
    August 13th, 2014 at 4:00 am

    That was very well said! What a wonderful person he was. It brakes my heart to know he was in so much pain. So so sad.
    Heartbroken! 😂 💔

  3. Mel Says:
    August 19th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Great memory! We “met” him also that time at a comedy club in SF. So awesome.