I remember as a young child watching Robin Williams as Mork on both Happy Days and Mork and Mindy. My dad had cancer so our family always lived in the shadow of that, but anytime we watched Robin on TV, that dark cloud was lifted and laughter echoed through our home, with my Dad laughing the hardest! "Na-nu" became a favorite word to use at home :-) As I grew into an adult, and became a parent, I introduced my children to the comic genius of Robin Williams. He was an instant favorite for them and many Fridays we would curl up on the sofa and watch his genius on screen! In 1990 Robin Williams brilliantly portrayed Dr. Sayer in the movie Awakenings. I remember taking my Mom to see that movie at the theater and hearing my Mom laugh for the first time since my Dad passed away in 1989. When Mrs. Doubtfire came out, I was divorcing from my husband and my children had a hard time coping with it. I cannot tell you how many times they would watch and re-watch Mrs. Doubtfire because Robin Williams helped them find their laughter again and they related to the children in the movie. In 2009, my oldest son went into the Air Force, and my middle son was about to graduate so I felt OLD! I became clinically depressed and was put on antidepressants. I felt awful ALL. THE. TIME. but leave it to Robin--I went to see his movie Old Dogs and laughed so hard my sides hurt and I had tears streaming down my face! This made an impact on my youngest son, and he began acting classes at school. Quoting my son William, he "wanted to inspire audiences through laughter the way Robin Williams does!"...Robin's legacy lives on in so many ways! For our family, he's not "history" or "mythology"--he is FAMILY! Rest in Peace and may Peace and Comfort embrace his loved ones!! Love, the Schmidt and Price Family
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