I was out most of the day when the news came that Robin Williams had died, so I didn't even know until 10 o'clock at night. And I was in Chicago and flying out of town the next morning, so there really was no time to write anything. Not that I had much to offer except, "Oh, gad."
Since I got back, I've pretty much avoided watching most discussion about his death because I just figured that most people talking about it have no knowledge what they're talking about and really don't have anything to add other than, well..."Oh, gad."
I have watched two or three things because I figured they did have something to offer. And they did. And the most notable I've seen thus far was this week when David Letterman returned to his show after being on vacation during the news. I watched because I figured that someone who came up in comedy with Robin Williams and had been friends with him for almost 40 years would have something thoughtful to say. And so he did, for 10 touching and entertaining minutes.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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