Ricardo Montalban

Ricardo Montalban passed away earlier this week. He was wonderful as Mr. Rourke on Fantasy Island. He was terrifying as the indomitable Khan on Star Trek. He had such a charismatic air about him that he was fascinating in any role. He was an all-around great guy. And now he is gone.

It got me to thinking about people I’ve lost in my own life. My father passed away nearly a decade ago. My piano teacher passed away when I was in high school. I’ve lost beloved aunts and uncles and grandparents throughout the years as well. There are people whose very presence make life just a little bit brighter and it’s sad when they go. I wish I had told them how much they meant to me when I had the chance. But maybe they already knew.

I guess I’ve veered a bit from Ricardo Montalban. But I hope that he had some sense of how much people around the world enjoyed his performances. I’m going to try to spend the day being more appreciative of the people in my life including each and every one of you dear readers.

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