These past 24 hours have been a brutal blow for many of us and our childhood nostalgia. I think Toby says it best when he says it’s like he lost a member of his family. That’s how Robin Williams, the brilliant and manic funnyman made many of us feel. He was the consummate children’s entertainer, from voicing the Genie in “Aladdin” to “Popeye” to “Mork & Mindy” to “Toys” to Mrs. Doubtfire to “Jack” to … well, the list goes on and on. And on some more after that.
You never really appreciate someone until they are gone, and now that Robin has passed in to the good night, there is an emptiness inside those of us who were delighted by his antics on the silver screen. Though he wasn’t a new media figure, Robin transcended boundaries to inspire people across all walks of life. He was an icon and an inspiration, and here are some of the YouTubers he inspired with his work and his life. We’ll miss you, Robin.