A couple of days ago, a true legend, Gene Wilder, passed away. Today’s column is dedicated to him. Gene Wilder was one of the true idols of my youth. He embodied a warmth, humanity, and joy in all his performances. Even in his most outlandish roles, you always felt like you were watching someone real and recognizable. Beyond his ability to make me laugh with his hysterical performances, Gene Wilder also radiated a sense of kindness and decency. There was something utterly delightful and gentle about the man that made you want to be his friend.
We chose Pure Imagination for our tribute. The reason was simple. This section is about underemployment in the media. Many working people feel trapped by their circumstances. It’s not easy to escape the chains of unhappiness. We let slip, day by day, the reality that we don’t have to put up with a life we don’t like. We can change it. We often forget how much we have to give and offer. This song reminds us, and it is largely due to Wilder’s magical, almost ethereal singing. Enjoy the song, and crying is definitely permitted.