I'm going to leave discussion of Jacksonville out of this note...which doesn't mean I won't talk about it on air. Just that I want this note to focus on these two men who passed away over the past few days.
Playwright Neil Simon was one of the most accomplished writers of his era, with titles to his credit such as "The Odd Couple", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", and "Plaza Suite." as well as screenplays such as "The Goodbye Girl."
According to CNN, "He received 16 Tony nominations and won best play three times. He also earned four Oscar nominations, a Pulitzer Prize, the Mark Twain Prize and countless other honors. There's a Broadway theater named for him; he was the only living person to have received such recognition."
Take a look at his IMDB credits: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0800319/
Here's a clip from the Odd Couple movie (1968) starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau (who each passed away about 18 years ago):
We also lost Robin Leach, most famous for hosting "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" which, in a way might be considered the foundation on which some of today's reality TV is built. He's famous for "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" and I appreciate more now than I did then his exuberant celebration of success and wealth, especially earned wealth.
Leach was also not shy about his thoughts about Barack Obama: