I’ve always like Robin Williams. I can’t say he was my favorite or anything, but I kinda grew up on his humor. From “Na-nu, Na-nu” to “Goooooood Morning Vietnam,” he always left a memory. When I heard the news of his death, I was saddened but certainly not distraught.

I found the book Robin by Dave Itzkoff and quickly discovered why he was the perfect person to the biography of this iconic comedian and actor. This is a touching book that goes to great lengths to explain who he really was.

I finished the book a true believer in the statement that Williams was a once-in-a-lifetime talent. It was through this book that I realized how much of an impact he had not only on me, but everyone. It is ultimately a sad story because of the end, but it is also the story of struggle, overcoming obstacles, growing and sharing with others.

I am grateful to have been able to witness the force that was Robin Williams and glad to have had Mr. Itzkoff help me understand that. Now, I will go back and re-watch some of his work like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting.

by Chris Doelle