I had something else planned for today, but things happen, you know?
Last week, so many of my fellow bloggers were posting tributes to Robin Williams in the wake of his untimely death...I wanted to do a tribute as well, but it seemed to me that everyone else had already said everything I wanted to say. But today, I came across this story on Facebook, and thought I would share it with those of you who don't do Facebook....
A Little Known Robin Williams Story:
“Years ago I learned
a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of
his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin
Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider.
For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an
artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an
event- anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and
lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their
rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green
M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do).
This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large
gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an
electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue
when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I
was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that
for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had
to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work.
I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m
sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with
these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an
entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners
also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.
I wonder how many production companies continued the practice
into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people
got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even
temporarily, from his actions.
He was a great multiplier of
his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin
Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
(This was originally posted at www.brianlord.org)
And on a lighter note, I found this, also on Facebook, and thought of my friend Gayle at Two Square Black Dogs, a fellow Godzilla fan:
And a reminder that I have new excerpts posted from my memoir and from Sam's Story....