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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Me on TV Again, Robin Williams' Rippling Impact

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Excuse the self-indulgence, especially if you're a facebook friend, but it's not every day that TV cameras are on me. This is a news-bite by Channel 7 News Reporter Jerry Olenyn. He's a warmhearted man, who invited me to watch him splice this piece together after filming it. Jerry also kindly uploaded this feed for me the other day; it wasn't accessible on their website.

Some random notes: ~While being filmed, I was only concerned about what the wind was doing to my hair. Rightfully so, it's looking pretty wild here. ~TV does not add 20 pounds like they say it does. Thank goodness. ~It doesn't add height either like I hoped it would. But you can't tell how short I am here, or how Jerry scrunched down to film me, so it's all good.

Seriously, though, I'm fortunate to have been interviewed for the local News regarding Robin Williams' death by suicide, which continues to impact us all. Hopefully, honest, open, small and large scale conversations about mental illness and suicide are only beginning. If we can keep the momentum going, lives will undoubtedly be saved. What better tribute to such a wonderful man? This, and continuing to laugh through it all!


Have a nice week, dear friends.

42 comments:

  1. The hair just has that slightly tousled look, so don't worry, it was for a good cause. You seem very composed when speaking. Well done.

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  2. I love that suicide and mental illness are being brought out of the shadows where they thrive. Thank you so very much for your part as a bringer of light (and laughter).

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  3. As one of those Facebook friends I don't mind the self indulgence. Especially since it's for an awesome cause. It sure beats appearing on the news as "local idiot explains traffic accident using explosion sounds."

    "Man, it was crazy, it was just like ker-PSSSH and then the second thing was like ba-BAAAM and I was like ka-POW!"

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  4. You spoke very well again, Robyn. And your hair looked wild and sexy. :)

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  5. I get a kick out of seeing you on TV. Any time I've appeared on TV, it's usually followed by the words "If you can provide any information about this man..."

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  6. You wear fluffy hair well though! You did great, Robyn.

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  7. You spoke very well and your hair looked fine. I get so tired of speakers who "um" the whole time. I hadn't heard of this before, and am appalled at the statistics.

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  8. Good clip, wise comment, beautiful curly hair!

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  9. You did great and indulge away.

    lmao that hair can sure fly in the wind though

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  10. That's wonderful you got to do two TV spots. At least you can still see your face - mine would've been covered by a mass of blowing hair.

    I wish it added height...

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  11. You did a great job with this, Robyn. Bringing attention to the cause and giving people hope is a wonderful thing.

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  12. A great interview and you got your point across. let's hope the stigma leaves and people start talking

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  13. Short? Oh, pooh! I'm 5'1" myself. We should always remember that Shakespeare heroine of whom somebody or other said, "She be small but she be fierce." Yeah!

    With Robin Williams, there were such clues of his suffering underneath. For me, it made his humor especially poignant. And it
    makes your contribution especially important. Bless you for this.

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  14. good job for awareness. You looked fine and spoke well.Excellent!

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  15. You sounded smooth, full of confidence, and well versed in the topic you were discussing.

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  16. You're looking great in that clip! And it's a great cause to help promote too.

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  17. I'm so glad that you are taking charge and bringing suicide to the front where people can talk about it. There's so much shame for the survivors I think....i see that with my Facebook friend who lost her son to suicide. Only from reading between the lines did I realize that he killed himself.

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  18. You should be proud! My time on TV includes: catching me sleeping on the floor of Kettler Hall in college; getting my hair cut at a charity event; and a post-movie interview when I was at the second showing of Showgirls.

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  19. A good week to you too.

    And kudos for your work.

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  20. Thank you, my kind friends. You're the best.

    BnB, yeah, it's entertaining when the pick the worst person to interview. "Dude, like, yeah, it was shoo-it was bad. But he seemed like such a nice guy."

    Michael, I thought I recognized you. Smiles. You're funny.

    Jo, I'm glad I didn't say "like" too many times (or at all). I say it more often than "um".

    Margaret, so great to see you. Small but fierce - that's my motto. I'm glad to learn from you that's it's Shakespearean. Thanks.

    JoJo, it took 26 years for me to admit publicly that my brother died by suicide. So I understand. Thankfully, we're breaking down barriers now.

    CW, you were in Showgirls? That's very cool.

    Take care, all.
    xoRobyn

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  21. Not in!!!! I went to see the movie! It was a very big thing in a puritanical town like Fort Wayne. Good movie too. Loved seeing the Michael Bolton lookalike getting his butt kicked.

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  22. Very well done. Eight hundred thousand people? I had no idea it was that many. Of course, some probably aren't reported as suicides so that increases the number. I'm glad I'm not among them, as I wanted to be for so long.

    Love,
    Janie

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  23. CW, oh man, I was hopeful for you when I (mis)read your comment. That's still pretty cool that you were interviewed afterwards.

    Janie, thank you for sharing that. You're spot on - the numbers are grossly deflated. My ex husband died by suicide, but it went down as a homicide even though there was a clear goodbye note with his plan spelled out. His fingerprints were on the gun - had they checked...Yet it's less stigmatizing to be murdered than to take your own life. So police depts often record suicides as homicides. It's all part of the stigma that needs to stop.

    Take care of yourselves, friends.
    xoRobyn

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  24. Wonderful clip, Robyn! You are a natural in front of the camera. I can't praise this cause and your involvement in it enough. I am thrilled that mental illness and suicide are both coming 'out of the darkness'. One day the stigma will be gone. I believe that with all my heart.

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  25. Your hair has body, girlfriend! Looks good blowing in the wind!

    Our news doesn't touch on suicide as they think it will encourage copy cats. I am happy that people like you are doing something to bring awareness so more people will start talking about it. It's not something that needs to be hidden. The more educated we can become, hopefully more lives will be saved.

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  26. Clearly it was the wind that was blowing your hair, so no worries. You look fabulous on TV and what a great job spreading the message.

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  27. Hey, at least you have hair. Me? Well, yes I do, but it's starting to grow thinner. Can eating nothing but soft foods and wearing suspenders along with my belt be far behind?

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  28. You did another great job in front of the camera! I would've been screaming for the hair and makeup people the whole time! Seriously, you came off like a pro for a very worthwhile cause, and looked darn good doing it.

    Julie

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  29. Big 80's hair--woohoo!
    Kidding. You did great. :)

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  30. Awesome. I remember back in the day before the web when everyone watched TV and if you got on the news it was mind-blowingly amazing. It still is. Totally is.

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  31. You did a great job! I would have been so nervous. Your hair looked great.Just thank God nothing came flying out of your mouth or (gasp) nose!

    Blessings, Joanne

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  32. You looked and sounded awesome!

    Although I've never been a fan of Robin Williams, it is still a terrible thing.

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  33. Thanks, Pat. I'm still in love with Robin Williams, though I blame him. He had a wonderful opportunity to be a spokesperson for those struggling with depression and bipolar disorder. Instead, he only joked about his substance abuse. It's a shame that his drug addictions were less shameful to him than his mood disorder. Thus, we lost a hero who could've moved us so much further towards action against all the stigma - saving scores of lives.

    Thanks, everyone.
    Hugs.
    xoRobyn

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  34. ROBYN ~
    You do pretty well on TV - you don't get flustered or nuttin' (unless of course that was Take 223 we saw there).

    I had two good friends commit suicide - one in 1976 and the second one 10 years later.

    I wrote a poem for each guy, but, you know, it's something that you never fully get over.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  35. I think you looked amazing. :) I hope that all of this awareness helps those who struggle with this horrible mental illness. Way to go, Robyn.

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  36. This is something to be very proud of! (The hair looked great.)

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  37. Hey - that was great Robyn. You came across very well. You're a great public speaker! Awesome work. Congrats on all youre doing for a very worthy cause.
    Very proud.
    xo

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