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    In Memoriam

    In Memorium of Robin Williams - I met him on an airplane

     

    The attached photo of my 9th Birthday says it all! I grew up watching Mork and Mindy, and loved Robin Williams! What you can't see in the photo are my Mork and Mindy pants with the giant egg on the back pocket!  Beyond Mork and Mindy, some of my favorite movies of his were Good Morning Vietnam and Mrs. Doubtfire. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My deepest condolences to his family!  In 2001, I was a 30-year-old Captain in the US Air Force flying back to Boise, Idaho near where I was stationed. I had a layover in Las Vegas, when Robin Williams boarded the Southwest Airlines flight to Boise.  He was heading to Hailey, Idaho.  When I saw him board the plane, I immediately hopped out of my seat and took the seat right next to him (it was the standard Southwest Airlines unassigned seating). He was dressed in normal street clothes with a baseball cap on trying to go unnoticed. I leaned over and mentioned my adoration of him, but you could tell he was trying to keep a low profile so me and the guy sitting next to me kept things low.  We didn't act like he was famous and we just had a very normal conversation with him throughout the flight.  We didn't bring up his movie star status or act awe struck...although I was (as he was the only movie star I ever dreamed of meeting). He asked what I was doing and I was telling him about my Air Force career, how I had worked my way through college, became an Air Force officer, and how I had been on a job interview in Texas because I was getting out of the Air Force.  He seemed very intrigued by my story and the other guy sitting in our row.  He seemed sincerely interested in our "normal lives." When we were getting off the plane, he thanked us for the nice conversation and told me I was "a real American hero." He seemed so kind and sincere. It was the most amazing thing ever! I am so saddened by his passing. I know his family's wishes are for us all to remember the laughter he brought to our lives and I certainly will.  We certainly enjoyed his company on that 2-hour flight, and enjoyed his added narrative as the flight attendant delivered refreshments!  He told us about his ADHD and his former addiction problems. At the time he mentioned he had been sober since the 80's. He was hilarious, kind, sincere, and amusing! He spoke very highly of his children and you could see the glimmer in his eye as he was telling us a story about his youngest daughter. He was so proud of his kids!  I am so sad he passed away, but I am so glad I got to meet him in person!  Diane Ramos

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