Flashback March 7th, 2017:
The other day I sat at my desk crying upon hearing about the death of a popular TV host. While this may sound strange to some, this wasn’t just ANY host. This was Robert Osborne. He felt like a member of my family. For the last 23 years, his warm, reassuring presence has been the foundation of Turner Classic Movies. His vast knowledge of film and boundless enthusiasm informed an entire generation of film fans and historians.
I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Osborne at the 2007 San Francisco Silent Film Festival along with my friends Beth, Annie and Deborah. He was so gracious to pose for a photo.
While I didn’t get the chance to tell him that day, Mr. Osborne has been there for me during numerous dark and painful times. Watching him on TCM has often allowed me to escape the difficulties of life and forget about my problems. At the end of the day all any of us can hope for is to have made a difference with our lives. Mr. Osborne certainly did.
I am deeply grateful for everything he gave us.