Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Is Sad, Goodbye Gene Wilder

I was going about my day when I saw this article:

2016 is sad and it seems that many of the iconic people that I grew up with are passing away. I mourned David Bowie and Prince; artists that showed that it was okay to be different, that it was okay to be yourself, and they made so much incredible music that was a gift to the world. Now, I am mourning Gene Wilder who was funny, smart, and a pretty great person.

I have so many fond memories of watching Gene Wilder movies with my grandmother. Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory was a favorite in our house and every time it was on we would watch it. We would also watch all the Mel Brooks films he did because those were favorites too. Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers were staples in our home and were watched often. I still watch those movies and I love them as much as I did when I was a kid.

My heart goes out to Gene Wilder's family; it's incredibly hard to lose someone you love. 83 isn't a bad age to go out; he had a life well lived, but it's still hard to say goodbye. Thank you Mr. Wilder for all the wonderful memories I have of watching your movies with my grandmother who I loved dearly and for all the smiles and laughs we shared together watching them. Thank you for your humor and your quiet, charming kindness. Thank you for being you; we will miss you. 

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