Today the morning sun seemed to set a little lower in respect for those who transcend culture and language. Like the sun, we extend in our own ways addio, adios, antío, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, do svidaniya, sayōnara, and zaijian to all of those departed celebrities of 2011-2012. Good-byes are not enough for touching our hearts and spirits. This little space we give love to all and acknowledge a few as the world mourns for the loss of:
Comicon’s Richard Alf, Ian Abercrombie, Bob Anderson-St’ar Wars’ Darth Vader, drummer Tom Ardolino, Greek director Theo Angelopoulos, author Jan Berenstain, X Games champion Sarah Burke, Don Cornelius, Heavy D (Dwight Errington Myers), Eva Ekvall – former Miss Venezuela, Joe Frazier, Ben Gazzara, Robert Hegyes, Red Holloway, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Davy Jones, director Zalman King, agent Sue Mengers, Ronnie Montrose, Oscar-nominated songwriter Dory Previn, director Ken Russell, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Weston, Dan Wheldon, Mickey Whelsh, Amy Winehouse, and too many more to name here.
An era of joy that won’t be duplicated departed with these purveyors of joy. These folks challenged us, inspire us to consider what if, and made us smile. They could push limits; contorting their face and persona to deliver us from a dreary moment. They will be missed and always loved. So we must be kind for the sake of those left behind.
Sometimes things just happen. We don’t like them. Nor can we control them. The wise consider what can be learned from the experience. In the past weeks we all have had chances to be wise. We’ve added our conjectures about the loss of entertainment royalty. Now is the time to honor and respect those who were gracious enough to share them with us. Lower the flags for them. It takes nothing away from our fallen heroes. No one walking the earth will ever measure up to them. There is no comparison for those who die in service.
These great talents and their families sacrificed a lot to entertain us. To every loved one left behind; the world wants to say thank you. You’ve shared your treasure with the world. Shalom.