Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sam Simon

So sorry to hear of Sam's passing, although we all knew it was coming.  I am currently in Tokyo with very limited internet access.  Will post my thoughts on Sam later in the week but wanted to acknowledge my deep sadness, great admiration, and great affection for the man. 

9 comments:

Rich Arnott said...

RIP Sir and thank you. Such sad news.

Aiden Smith said...

Death is one of two things...
Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything;
or, as we are told, it is really a change:
a migration of the soul from one place to another.

Aiden Smith said...

Death is one of two things...
Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything;
or, as we are told, it is really a change:
a migration of the soul from one place to another.

ScottUSF said...

Nice quote from Ken over on Slate.com browbeat blog.

Anonymous said...

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best,
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VP81955 said...

This isn't meant to be flippant, but Sam Simon is one of the first humans enabled to cross the Rainbow Bridge.

A job well done, sir.

Breadbaker said...

Ken, you'll be glad to learn that Variety's obituary quoted you at length and in lovely terms. http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/sam-simon-co-creator-of-the-simpsons-dies-at-59-1201448945/

Johnny Walker said...

Sad news indeed, although far sadder for those who actually knew him. (Sorry for your loss, Ken.) He sounded like a great guy, or at least incredibly interesting and talented. By his own admission being a showrunner made him a monster, though. It's interesting to hear someone talk so candidly about such things, but we'll never hear the full stories now.

Richard Rothrock said...

While I never met him, Sam Simon managed to give me some of the biggest and wittiest laughs in my entire life on shows like Taxi, Cheers, The Drew Carey Show, and The Simpsons. The warmth and residual glow from those laughs brightened my days and in many ways mad it easier to make it through some tough times. In many cases, he gave me a funny line to use that endures to this day.

Thank you, Sam. My world would be an infinitely dark place if I had never encountered your writing.

You also win bonus points in my book for the way you decided to spend your final years giving your money away to many worthy causes.

If those two acts don't qualify you for Heaven, nothing does.

While I know he was just a producer on it, I think "Coach In Love" is my all time favorite "Cheers" episode.