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O Captain my Captain

August 12, 2014 - Kim Collette
As the world goes on today, most of you already know about Robin Williams tragic passing. Robin Williams was a brilliant actor and comedian. Robin Williams transcended generations. He has likely touched every generation and demographic. Williams was a genius comic...his impersonations, riffs and tangents were second to none. But, he was more than that. Williams was also a great actor. He became Mork from Ork in his "breakout" 1970s sitcom, Mork and Mindy. He voiced Alladin. He was a disc jockey in Good Morning Vietnam. Williams was Mrs. Doubtfire playing a dad dressing up like a woman to spend time with his kids. He played a gay man in Birdcage. He was an English teacher in Dead Poets Society, a scientist in Awakenings and a prisoner of war in Jakob the Liar. We should remember the talent he was and learn from losing such a talent so soon. Many are reporting that Williams battled depression. Sources have said that the failure of his latest tv show and independent film sent the actor in to an emotional "funk." While Williams joked about his demons once saying, " I went to rehab in wine country to keep my options open," they inevitably took over. We can all learn that there are people and places that can help. Seek help if you are battling depression or demons of your own. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the US is 1-800-273-8255.

"But only in their dreams can men be truly free. It was always thus and always thus will be" (Dead Poet's Society-John Keating, played by Robin Williams)


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