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    Posted August 12, 2014 by
    Zachstacks
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    In Memoriam


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    My family moved from Time Square to California in the 80's. My mom&sister & I took a flight while my dad stayed behind to drive out a Uhaul w/ all our belongings in it. Before he left he went to a night club to catch a free comedy show. One of the comics there found out my dad was moving out to California. "My god man! Don't do it!" He'd shout. Little did they know that same comic would move out to San Francisco w/ his own family soon after.

    He'd done well for himself. He was one of a kind,& his talent & drive earned him a spot in our hearts. He had a son named Zach who grew up playing baseball in my little league. I'm partial to the name&the game. Partial to the journey. I always looked forward to playing Zach, cause his dad would come to all of his games& undoubtedly do something hilarious. A comic turned megastar that was never too busy to go to his son's baseball games.

    In the past year he worked w/ OEF/OIF&OND veterans at the VA hospital, in my dad's unit at the Palo Alto VA. This meant a lot to us, cause I'm an OIF veteran working in a PTSD clinic for OEF/OIF/OND vets. A clinic that he was planning to visit in the coming weeks once he'd overcome a heavy spell of depression. I have nothing but compassion for the hand he played as long as he could play it. A balancing act that few can comprehend while out performing both comics&actors alike.

    He committed suicide,& I have a sense of loss only equalled by my admiration for the strength it took to live his life. Thanks Robin!

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