Shazbot. If you're familiar with the 70's comedy series "Mork And Mindy",
you know that to be a profanity uttered by Robin Williams' alien character Mork.
We were out to eat with friends when the word came down that Robin
Williams had died, possibly by suicide. He was only 63.
I must confess that I was shocked. And then I wasn't.
This man with the craziest improvisations, this man who brought doses of
delight to millions, and who moved us with his roles in "Good Will Hunting",
"Dead Poets Society" and "Awakenings" had some major inner demons.
Admitted problems with drugs and alcohol, hand in hand with depression,
are not uncommon in the entertainment world.
By all accounts, he was always on. Always making the audience laugh.
But we can only guess what he was like when there was no audience.
When he turned out the light and his head hit the pillow, where did his
thoughts take him?
How sad and how ironic that a man so adept at making us all laugh
through his need for acceptance, couldn't find a way to accept himself.