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    Posted August 12, 2014 by
    Clovis, New Mexico
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    In Memoriam

    Goodbye Old Friend

    For the first time yesterday, I almost cried and am keeping the tears at bay even now, over a celebrity. Not just any celebrity, but someone who, based on what I watched, could consider a childhood friend.

    I first encountered him on Nick at Nite as the outlandish alien, Mork, which made me believe that anyone could be an alien. Then of course, he provided the voices for Genie and Batty, both of which made me laugh and feel like I was in fantasy land. Genie reminded me that all friends have special talents and NEVER abuse them. Batty taught me to take care of nature, because in my 7 year old mind, he lived there! Hook and Mrs. Doubtfire brought innocent laughs as a child and as an adult, showed me the importance of cherishing your children. Peter Pan also showed me that no matter how old you are, it is ok to be young at heart, especially for your children. Jumanji reminded me to appreciate my parents because you might never know when they'll be gone. Patch Adams and What Dreams May Come are the first roles that were sobering for me to see him in. I still cry when I watch What Dreams May Come. Fender in Robots displayed to love oneself even if you are outdated. His talent was greatly displayed when he played two separate, but equally funny, roles in Happy Feet. Lastly, I never noticed he bared an uncanny resemblance to Teddy Roosevelt until Night at the Museum.

    "Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them." - Teddy Roosevelt, Night at the Museum

    Goodnight dear friend, may you make them laugh in the great beyond.

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