Robin Williams, 1951-2014: GeekMoms Will Miss You.

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Robin Williams, you will always hold a special place in my heart for taking your humor to the front lines. Here is Williams on the USS Enterprise in 2003. The t-shirt reads, “I <3 New York” in Arabic. Photo credit: Navy News Stand

We GeekMoms have been incredibly saddened by Robin Williams’ tragic death Monday morning.

We are on Twitter discussing our favorite Robin Williams films, television, and Broadway shows. We are on Facebook sharing photos, videos, and quotes. It’s known that his passing might have been related to his battle with depression, and the discussions on social media tonight are covering that, but I’m glad we’re also smiling with some of our happiest, funniest memories of him.

I might be dating myself here, but I remember Robin Williams’ earliest days with the ABC sitcom Mork and Mindy. It was one of our family’s favorites. I was young enough to not quite understand some of the innuendos of the show, and when we showed it to our sons earlier this year when it was syndicated on Hub Network, I couldn’t believe I was enjoying some of those jokes at age 5!

Over the years, we have enjoyed his incredible range of acting, from the jokester in Good Morning, Vietnam (where he played a US Air Force Airman, whoo hoo!), to a reluctant Peter Pan in Hook, to a Southie therapist in Good Will Hunting, to a frightening, socially inept stalker in One Hour Photo. I’ve also enjoyed his standup comedy, although that’s definitely not for children!

My sons know and enjoy Williams more through his family-friendly personas: the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin, Fender in Robots, and the Adelie penguin Ramón in Happy Feet. They also know him from his leading role in Jumanji, one of their favorite films.

I also hold Williams in high esteem for his service to deployed servicemembers throughout the world. The USO issued condolences on Facebook Monday evening. Williams amassed scores of performances, and I wish I could have seen one. One of his more memorable standup comedy routines is from Christmas 2007 in Kuwait. I leave you to enjoy this video from that particular performance, and I hope we all remember Robin Williams with smiles for many years to come.

PS: Geeky fact! Did you know Williams’ oldest daughter is named Zelda? And yes, it was because of his affinity for the video game!

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Patricia Vollmer is the proud mother of two emerging geek sons, ages 12 & 14. She serves part time as a meteorologist with the Air Force Reserve and is currently assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Patricia blogs about her family's nomadic military life at Ground Control to Major Mom. Home is always where the Air Force sends her family, which for now is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Hobbies include running, despite no one chasing her, sharing her love for Disney and Star Wars, and exploring the world with her boys. Ask her why the sky is blue at your own risk.