I was going to post this last week after the sad passing of Robin Williams, I tried to compose the post - but I couldn’t find the right words. I didn’t want to ‘jump on the bandwagon’, I didn’t want to ‘glory hog’ or twist personal tragedy, it was a genuine feeling of sadness, associated with someone who had brought so much joy to the world.
The story behind this Mork figure is a lovely personal one - I have had it for around 34 years, I found it whilst playing in a sandpit near my Gran’s house back in 1979-80. I never had any Star Wars figures growing up so this was the first merchandise figure I owned - as I grew up, Mork battled against Action Force figures and rode in under-sized cars and has been with me for as long as I can remember, and now has a permanent spot on my shelves.
Mental health is such an important subject, one that cannot be ignored or undervalued. I could speak for a long time about, but this isn’t the forum to do so. Simply put, if you love someone - let them know you care, it can make the world of difference in the day of someone who is suffering.
I would like to remember Robin Williams in 3 roles:
1. Sean Maguire in ‘Good Will Hunting’
2. John Keating in ‘Dead Poets Society’
3. Mork from ‘Mork & Mindy’, ‘Happy Days’ and my playground adventures.
I started a project a few years ago called ‘jetpackage’ - where I would send inspirational / quirky items to a creative person, to inspire them to create some artwork. The idea was that I inspire them, send me something, and then I would be inspired and reply.
This package went out the talented illustrator Guy McKinley, I cannot wait to see what he comes back with!