Tom Clancy Dies, Adventure Perishes

Author Tom Clancy has died at 66. And with him went the chance for more extraordinary adventures with my father.

Clancy was aTom Clancy man, a storyteller, and inspirer and an author. He was also a link between my father and me.

One of the things my father and I had in common was a love of Tom Clancy novels. We would share them and talk about them and dream of sequels. I loved hearing them in audiobook format.

His characters were so wonderful they could be played by multiple actors in film adaptations without the slightest question (Alec Baldwin becomes Harrison Ford, anyone?)

Whenever I hear Tom Clancy’s name, I think of my father. Clancy wove stories which were so mesmerizing and believable that both my father and I were transported into our own amazing adventures, living a life as partners in imagination. Going places together we never would otherwise, experiencing moments impossible in real life because of schedules, money, reality.. Yet Clancy’s imagination became our imagination.

Thank you Tom Clancy for submarines and secret agents and tundra and codes and ammunition and covert operations and  helicopters and rabbits and tigers and dragons. And for giving me something more in common with my father.

Thumbs Up – Why Roger Ebert Mattered

Thank you Roger Ebert for perspective through the lens.

The world lost an important man today.

Why is Roger Ebert important?

Man has existed for millions of years. For thousands he has been able to read and write. For more than a century he has been able to capture photographic images. But for only decades, the talking and moving image. Roger EbertThis moving image has profoundly impacted culture, economics, social process, gender regard, politics, health and much more across the Earth in ways never before experienced in the history of the world. Our window to the world has become the box in our living rooms, and the screen in the theater, and now even the communication device in our hands.

With each of these we experience motion pictures, and they expand, define, shape and destroy our worlds. Above all other voices, the most consistent judge and commentator on these motion pictures for a large share of their existence has arguably been one man: Roger Ebert.

Maybe he’s just given his opinion on movies.

Maybe he didn’t really make much difference in the world.

Or—maybe his voice has steered us to pay more, or less, attention to the messages, voices and stories of others. And centuries from now, when the tales of our era are long forgotten, the few that might be remembered probably became so in part because they got a thumbs up.

We’re playing a part of a giant picture and story in motion. Roger Ebert’s was just a little bit bigger than others.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ebert. We’ll let you know how the story ends.