The judgement of Robin Williams …. who is anyone to judge??


~~August 13, 2014~~ 

I’m very much aware that much has been written, reported, discussed, argued about Robin Williams’ recent death. The airwaves, the blogosphere and the news have taken to reporting the death of this great talent.

Many are already tired of this topic, others have spoken in ways that show callousness and insensitivity about his passing. I must say I am a fan, I grew up with this man’s creative genius and his work played a part in my life.

Knowing that he’s not here anymore and knowing about his daily battle with depression makes me sad.

Like many, I will miss him ….



“Some people are being judgmental and rude in the unfortunate passing of the great Robin Williams and it’s really upsetting how people can try to make themselves seem superior even in his and his family’s pain.

Sometimes we take take and take and forget to refill, replace and/or replenish. If there was a well full of water, and you were thirsty, you would most likely drink from this well everyday until the well ran dry. I mean what’s the point in having access to all this water if we can’t enjoy it right? No harm no foul. Or so we think. People do this with people too. I understand that sensation of being drained and pulled in every direction and left dry. I know many people who deal with that daily and I know of people who take selfishly daily too.

To feel more lonely in a room full of people than when you’re by yourself, no one understands this?

Robin Williams gave and gave and gave and when you’re the life of the party, the one with that great warm and inviting smile and everyone expects for you to be the entertainment, who entertains him? Who replenishes his spirit and energy? Although many of us feel a certain way in regards to suicide and feel it’s a very selfish act, whether it is or not, many people who do commit suicide are plagued with a very sad and hard mental illness they can’t control.

Fame, money and fans doesn’t equal complete bliss, peace and happiness. Don’t be so quick to say he had it all.

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Robin Williams made several statements and was quoted for years and if you read or listened to what he was consistent with, this poor man was sick for a long time and was honest about his depression and loneliness. Maybe his cries for help? We don’t really know. Maybe he was as funny and genius in his talent and gave his all to his craft and us because that was when he felt loved and appreciated the most or not alone.

I don’t condone suicide or any life being taken in any form, but I think we all can understand in some capacity, whether small or big, the feeling of being alone or feeling like no one understands. Instead of condemning this man, let’s remember his legacy, his legend, his genius, his talent, his contribution to making you laugh and smile when you were down and out and allow his family to grieve without your harsh comments and judgements.

You never know what people are going through and people don’t always know what you’re going through. Be there for your loved ones and let them be there for you.

Reciprocate and have gratitude for great people in your life.”


In the words of #SmokeyRobinson

♪♫ People say I’m the life of the party
‘Cause I tell a joke or two
Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
Deep inside I’m blue

So take a good look at my face
You’ll see my smile looks out of place
If you look closer, it’s easy to trace
The tracks of my tears …. ♪♫

Original artwork & credit: @EmilyStepp

#RIPRobinWilliams #NanooNanoo #YouWereLoved #YouWereGreat #WishYouKnewHowMuch #YouWillBeMissed


MORK AND MINDY - 1970s - 1980s

~~Huffington Post~~

Link to “In Memoriam” Robin Williams video … clips from favorite movies

With the recent death of the great actor Robin Williams, we wanted to take a look back at some of his funnier movie moments. From a wacky scientist in “Flubber” to a cross-dressing man in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” Williams’ roles are always diverse and inspiring.


~~Smokey Robinson & The Miracles~~

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Tears Of A Clown



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“The Kiss of Life” …. setting facts straight!

~~April 19, 2014~~

Friends, it’s not what you think is it. 


Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for “The Kiss of Life“, a Jacksonville Journal photo that showed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation between two workers on a utility pole.

Randall G. Champion was unconscious and hanging upside down after contacting a high voltage line; fellow lineman J.D. Thompson revived him while strapped to the pole by the waist. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64; Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world.

~~The Kiss of Life, more than 40 years later~~

It was a fraction of a second in Jacksonville history.

A blink of an eye. No, even less than that. A snap of a camera shutter.

The cliche would be to say that moment, the split second captured on one frame of black-and-white film inside Rocco Morabito’s Rolleiflex on a morning in 1967, was forever frozen in time. To a degree, that’s true. But decades later that exact moment – Randall Champion dangling upside down from a utility pole, J.D. Thompson cradling his head and blowing air into his lungs – isn’t just preserved.

It is growing. It is being dissected, discussed, enlarged, reprinted, even sculpted.

It is the subject of a film that the Jacksonville Historical Society premiered two weeks before the 40th anniversary of the day the Jacksonville Journal photographer officially received the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography.

It also is part of a new, high-tech interactive exhibit in a Washington museum.

At the Newseum, an image that is very 20th century – shot on 120mm film, hurriedly processed in chemicals to make a print as presses were held for an afternoon paper – now can be viewed in a 21st century format. At a kiosk, guests can access an electronic database with Pulitzer Prize-winning photos, touch the screen and enlarge The Kiss of Life to the point where you can see the linemen’s cheeks, puffed full of air.

Or they can watch an interview with Morabito telling the story behind the photo.

“He’s so old school,” Crawford said. “He doesn’t wear the Pulitzer on his sleeve. He was kind of confused why we would want to talk to him. He said he was just doing his job.”

Morabito repeated that when talking about the film premier. When told that Thompson also would be there for a reception before the film, Morabito said, “Good, good, good. … He’s the one who deserves all this hullabaloo. Yes, sir. He’s the one who did it.”

The apprentice lineman saved a life. Champion lived another 35 years, surviving another electrical shock along the way, before dying of heart failure in 2002. Yet when you ask Thompson about the split second captured on Morabito’s film, he echoes what the photographer has said. He was just doing his job, following his training. No big deal.

More than forty years later, plenty of others disagree.

The photo, of course, represents a proud moment in the Times-Union’s history. In one corner of the newsroom, there is a framed copy of the photo and a certificate from Columbia University dated May 6, 1968. On anniversaries of the Pulitzer, we often re-tell that story. How Dick Bussard was the city editor who made the call to push back the deadline and redo the front page. How Bob Pate was the copy editor who gave it the slug that stuck, The Kiss of Life.

Even if the retired photographer and the lineman don’t think so, it is something. It’s a piece of history. A piece that, more than 40 years later, keeps growing.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

~~Rocco Morabito~~

Jacksonville Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer dies

Rocco Morabito, 88, spent 42 years at the Jacksonville Journal.

Rocco Morabito (November 2, 1920 – April 5, 2009) was an American photographer who spent the majority of his career at the Jacksonville Journal.

Morabito won the 1968 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for “The Kiss of Life“, a Jacksonville Journal photo that showed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation between two workers on a utility pole. Randall G. Champion was unconscious and hanging upside down after contacting a high voltage line; fellow lineman J.D. Thompson revived him while strapped to the pole by the waist. Champion survived and lived until 2002, when he died of heart failure at the age of 64; Thompson is still living. The photograph was published in newspapers around the world.

Morabito, born in Port Chester, New York, moved to Florida when he was 5, and by age 10 was working as a newsboy, selling papers for the Jacksonville Journal.

He served in World War II in the Army Air Forces as a ball-turret gunner on a B-17. After the war, he returned to the Jacksonville Journal and started his photography career shooting sporting events for the paper. He worked for the Journal for 42 years, 33 of them as a photographer, until retiring in 1982.

He died on April 5, 2009 while in hospice care.


~~How I got the shot~~


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Pulitzer Prize winning Times-Union photographer Rocco Morabito talks about how shot the photograph “The Kiss of Life” during an interview recently.

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