My condolences and prayers to Chris Maxwell and her family over the passing of her step-father David Shaw. He was the writer of the 1969 movie "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium" and I have extremely fond memories of seeing that movie at the Academy Theater in Inglewood when I was too young to get the jokes.
At the end of my shift last night I was talking with Chris' husband, Paul Skolnick. He told me about their family's loss and shared with me David Shaw's obituary from the LA Times.
As I read through the obituary, Paul mentioned to me his observation of how often interesting people pass through life and we miss opportunities to know them.
I'll have to double check, but I think Paul actually used the words "really cool" when he was talking about the people in those missed opportunities.
I'm amazed and absolutely inspired by David Shaw's writing accomplishments. He was a part of television's golden age and his obituary reads like he just decided what he wanted to do, then went out and worked to make it happen.
That's going to stay with me for a long time. I hope his family is able to find some comfort in knowing that he lived a life that continues to inspire others. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to meet him (and also very thankful I had the opportunity to photograph him).
I guess I just want Chris and her family to know that I'm very sorry for their loss and I also think David Shaw was "really cool".