I had the honor of meeting Robin Williams in the middle east where he performed for the deployed troops there. During his performance, he told a story of how the C-130 he had flown in on started spitting out flares while on short final to the base...(an unnerving experience that meant the aircraft might have been fired at by a shoulder launched missile...he wasn't sure) ...but he made it sound so funny that we all forgot we were in a combat zone. After the show, all the troops present (approximately 2000 or more) were invited up to the stage to meet him and have a photo taken with him. We all lined up and they bought us on the stage in groups of about 12 or 15 to meet him, shake his hand and have our pictures taken with him. It must have taken hours, but he stayed until he had shaken every hand there and thanked each person for his/her service to our country. I will never forget that day. Robin Williams was a true patriot and I will surely miss him.
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