Robin Williams and the Generations That Grew With Him

August 12, 2014 1:26 PM

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I was finishing a run in the park when I heard the news. An old man walking his Schnauzer yelled to a couple of grey-haired gentleman sitting on a bench, picking through the day's Times. I'd seen these men every day, but never heard them speak.

"Just got a text from my daughter," the man said, boyishly excited to break the news to his friends, "Robin Williams dead." "Oh jeez," one of the seated men said. "How sad," said the other. A brief moment of shared sadness; then the bearer of bad news continued: "I know he had checked into rehab a f...

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