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Fri Jul 20, 2018, 01:16 PM

44. Thanks. He was very special

It's hard to accept that people you have known for a long time are mortal. Fame doesn't shield anyone from mortality, and of the famous people I know/have known, even those who have lived past 90, and stayed active, have had to face the inevitable. We lost Helen Thomas around 5 years ago, Theo Bikel just recently. Stan Lee is still around, though slowing down, and Ruth Westheimer, who just turned 90, is a real life energizer bunny.

Adrian never even made it to 80, and if it weren't for "Good Morning Vietnam," probably no one outside of his VN audience would ever have known his name. But he was a very approachable "famous person," completely NOT full of himself, and just so multi-faceted, any conversation with him left the other person enriched. Adrian's passing leaves the world just a little poorer, even if he was a Republican.

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