A few minutes before 6 tonight I had one of those jaw-dropping, take-your-breath-away moments that come every so often when a piece of shocking news pops up on my TweetDeck ...
#BREAKING Actor Robin Williams found dead at home in Tiburon. Watch NBC Bay Area News at 5 for the latest: http://t.co/sifLTrKhwU
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) August 11, 2014
I was introduced to Robin Williams as a kid through reruns of "Mork & Mindy." This scene was one of the first I remember. ... It remains one of my favorites and still makes me laugh to this day ...
Here's the entire pilot episode, which also included the hilarious crossover bit with "Happy Days'" Fonzi and "Laverne & Shirley's" Laverne. ... YouTube is loaded with this stuff.
Then came "Good Morning, Vietnam."
"Dead Poet's Society."
And of course, "Good Will Hunting."
Among a load of others I'm thinking I should see.
There also was his hilarious turn with Billy Crystal on "Friends." Another classic.
In college, I listened to a cassette tape of "A Night at the Met" for the first time, and I laughed so hard I cried.
And I whenever I saw he was appearing on the "Late Show with David Letterman," I was sure not to miss it, knowing I was guaranteed a solid 10 minutes of laughter. ... I'm sad none of those nights are left.
Rest in peace, Robin.
Good reads (Updated 08.13.2014) ...
= Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
= "Mork & Mindy" and the Tireless Dervish That Was Robin Williams
= Conan, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers Pay Tribute to Robin Williams'
= Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, more react to death of Robin Williams
= Watch Robin Williams' 13 Funniest Impressions
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I had one of my longer board meetings tonight and arrived home in time to say good night to the girls. I read stories with Faye and put her to bed while Kates did the same with Phoebe. Then Kates went back to her classroom to work, and I retreated downstairs in time to catch the last two innings of the Royals game.
The Royals were up 3-2 as I watched them send down the A's in the eighth inning and then hold on in the ninth. The Kauffman Stadium crowd was chanting "Let's go Royals" so loudly and so in unison -- I didn't know Kauffman Stadium could be so loud. It was so awesome and it gave me chills. ...
There are only goosebumps where my skin used to be. #1stPlaceRoyals
— Royals Nation (@RoyalsNation) August 12, 2014
So steady, Greg Holland put a cap on it, getting the final batter to fly out to Jarrod Dyson ... Who caught the ball, paused and then did a black flip as the crowd erupted. ... A fantastic win.
Jarrod Dyson just caught last out of Royals win in CF.. And did a back flip.. KC has won 8 straight, 16 of 19.. They're in 1st place!!
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinCSN) August 12, 2014
Cue the old-time ball player to come out and post the W. And tonight he brought the Royals South Korean super fan with him, who jumped and celebrated on the deck like a maniac. ...
Has anyone started a @kickstarter campaign to move @Koreanfan_KC & his family to KC? I'm serious.
— Andrew Zimmerman (@AndyZKCTV5) August 12, 2014
All along I had been following the Tigers-Pirates game on AtBat. The Tigers lost, which means the Royals are back in first place. ...The Tigers are stumbling, and Justin Verlander's durability is now a question.
Your new 2nd wild card team, Detroit Tigers.
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) August 12, 2014
It's August and MO has a baseball team leading their division. That's normal, right? Oh, wait....which team? #Royals
— Ryan Silvey (@RyanSilvey) August 12, 2014
Meanwhile, the third story blowing up my Twitter feed is the riots burning up Ferguson after the shooting of Michael Brown. ...
Nat'l Media stuck on Robin Williams while Police is Ferguson, MO are shooting tear gas & rubber bullets at protesters. #TVJOURNALISMFAIL
— Donnell (@SoKo504) August 12, 2014