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Some more thoughts on the sudden passing of my friend Richard Goldstein, who died December 2, 2013.
His funeral had an outpouring of friends and supporters, over 200 people. How I wish he could have been there to see it.
Most telling: at least 7 of his son’s friends from high school came out to attend, from as far away as New York, Washington DC and Berkeley, California.
That’s how big an influence Richard was to all of them.
You know how most kids run out of the room when faced with their friends fathers? Not so with Richard, who they treated as a peer, probably because of his keen interest in whatever they were all doing.
Every comic, every cartoon, ever piece of art my son Sam ever did, Richard made sure to both see it and talk to me about it.
He took pride in watching a career take off, and in commenting about the improvements he saw with each new piece.
Richard was an artist himself, who studied at Cal State Long Beach, but chose to make money instead in graphic design.
For much of the time I knew him, Richard seemed like the happiest, most outgoing person I knew. He loved going to Disneyland, movies, out to dinner, watching TV with his new wife, dressing up, buying stuff. Yes, there was a really messy divorce and we tried not to talk about it because it was such a downer. But for most of the time I knew Rich, I saw an outwardly happy guy who loved life more than anyone else I knew.
What we all can learn from Richard:
–When people talk about their depression, and unhappiness, do not give up on them. We’re all too busy, yes, I of all people know that, but who knows what a big intervention could have have done?
In a column about suicide this week, New York Times columnist David Brooks noted that between 1999 and 2010, the suicide rate among Americans between 35 and 64 rose by 28 percent. “More people die by suicide than by auto accidents.” What can we do about this?
–Enjoy every minute. Chocolate, the beach, sunshine, a rainy day, a grilled cheese sandwich on rye toast, music, waking up from a really nice sleep, reading the newspaper in the morning–I could go on, but most importantly, seeing someone you love smile. Don’t let the insanity get in the way of giving that up.
–Take an interest in everyone around you. Richard once said to me that the most important thing in life were friends. We should never forget that.
The video above is a compilation I put together, with his son Daniel’s help, of great happy moments from his life. It begins with Rich jamming with his pal Mark Summer, from the Turtle Island String Quartet. It’s where I want to remember Rich forever–smiling and loving life.
A dear, close friend, Richard Goldstein, left us Monday at age 56. He had been very unhappy for the last year, career wise, and hopefully for him, the pain has now ended.
But let’s take a moment and remember Rich, pre-2013.
Funny guy, loved movies, art, his wife Lisa, his kids Daniel and Dana, his sisters, brother and nephew, talk radio, hamburgers and playing the guitar.
We met when my then 13-year-old son Sam pointed out that I could be a better father, “like Daniel’s.”
So I made a cold call to Rich to ask for pointers and we hit it off, right away, meeting at Mr. Pocket’s in Manhattan Beach over burgers and pool.
We were both good fathers, but he was the better one–more attentive, dropping everything to run to Disneyland for the day, driving them from here to there, yakking on the phone for more hours than I could handle.
Rich ran a graphic design firm, Northshore, and his specialty was auction advertising. He was a talented cartoonist and sketch artist and for awhile offered his sketch services here on Facebook–you send the JPG and he’d sketch a toon directly for you.
Sadly, at $20 a pop, there wasn’t enough volume to make it financially viable, and he gave it up.
Rich grew up in the Valley, with a group of friends he remained in close contact with through the years, and even married his college sweetheart years later.
He loved living by the beach, and named his company Northshore Designers because he one day saw himself living out the golden years in Hawaii.
I had many great one-on-ones with Rich on the Manhattan Beach/Hermosa Beach/Redondo Beach Strand, and especially at Good Stuff Restaurants in Redondo and El Segundo, where we talked for hours over my Ole salad and his pasta dish.
I’ll treasure those times, and will really miss Rich.
Funeral arrangements are tentatively planned for Friday, at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.
Here’s more from the recent photo shoot for the #USATODAY #TalkingTech Miami Tech Scene visit. We didn’t have room for all @USATODAY–but we do here.
Thanks everyone for posing!
And finally, the big group shot in front of the LAB Miami co-working space, in the beautiful Wynwood section of town.