Sometimes there are moments in our daily, busy lives that make us stop and question, "What happened here?" A moment such as this occurred today. Breaking news aired that Robin Williams passed away at 63. He suffered from depression. Depression knows no boundaries, age, gender, race or socio-economic status. It is a universal sickness that can overwhelm anyone.
Before Robin Williams became a superstar, he was Mork. “Mork and Mindy” was a television spin-off from “Happy Days”. It was a predecessor of science fiction comedies like “The Big Bang Theory”. It was old school sci-fi television for geeks and nerds. “Mork and Mindy” aired in 1978 on ABC. Mork was an adorable alien from the planet Ork who said things like, "Na-nu, na-nu." Mindy (Pam Dawber) was his human friend, always trying to save him from himself.
“Mork and Mindy” was funny and fresh because of Robin Williams. However the small screen could not contain Mr. Williams. Fortunately for all of us, he was made for greater roles.
Now as the curtain lowers for the last time for Robin Williams, it's too bad we don't know the Orkan language for "Thank you for the laughs and memories. We will miss you." “Na-nu, na-nu,” just doesn't seem to be enough.
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C. C. J. Vann is a writer, columnist and speculative fiction enthusiast. Her blog is “C. C. J. Vann”, (www.ccjvann.com). You may contact her at info[at]ccjvann[dot]com.