In honor of Robin Williams, due to his sad and startling passing from earth this past week, our throwback trailer today is for Peter Weir’s 1989 drama film, “Dead Poets Society”. This inspiring movie, nominated for multiple Academy Awards and winner of one, stars Robin Williams as the unconventional and extraordinary John Keating, tasked with teaching English to a class of youngish lads at the fictional Welton Academy – a class consisting of Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles, and Gale Hansen among others, all in character, of course. Though Dead Poets Society in no way encompasses or displays all of Robin’s immense voice talent, smarts, or comedic genius, the film has been listed as a favorite of his works by many people. I know this is a bit personal, but when I pass from this earth, I want to go having left behind great, immortalized things much like Robin left behind. I mean, he’s left behind memories of sunshine in the hearts of millions, smiles and laughter and joy you can’t put a price on, and an earth drenched in his gift. I want to go having sprinkled the world with any magic I have on loan. And when I go, I want to be remembered as Robin is being remembered right now. Yes, he’s being remembered as a funny brilliant, but even more so he is being remembered as having a soul bursting with kindness, gentleness, humility, and love. Let’s Carpe Diem while we still can to accomplish leaving such accomplishments behind in our forthcoming deaths.
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