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    Posted August 12, 2014 by
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    In Memoriam

    Bye, bye Mr. American pie

    Don McLean wrote “American Pie” as a tribute to the death of an era in Rock ‘N’ Roll. Today we say bye, bye to another era, another American pie, a sweet whipped-dream of a pie, assembled on Ork, baked until it glowed with radioactive love, and catapulted to earth like a shooting star to light up the hearts and minds of an entire planet. Robin Williams was not just a comedian or actor or philanthropist or friend to millions he’d never met; Robin was truly an era, a paradigm shift, a Mad Hatter of spontaneity destined to lead the world down a new and wondrous rabbit hole to a tea party of unimaginable thoughts, words, and gestures.

    Delivered as if from an exploding factory of philosophical fireworks, Robin’s humor was a pie thrown in the face of convention, smeared on the cheeks of contrived reverence, stuffed in the mouth of sycophantish ego. But Robin was larger than comedy; his intellectual versatility would rival Will Hunting, his acting chops could stand proudly alongside the best of his generation, and his artistry as a pure entertainer had no equal.

    So today we bid farewell to an era; an era of laughter, of contemplative enlightenment, of natural talent the likes of which will never be seen again. A forty-year guffaw tinged with melancholy that leaves in its wake a vast warehouse of joy and love, with one solitary room reserved for our broken hearts.

    “I’ve seen good times that I thought would never end, but I always thought I’d see you, one more time again.” - JT

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