When my sister and I moved to Los Angeles I was still a teenager, and everything I loved about TV had to do with Garry Marshall. It was exciting to live in L.A. because you could run into an actor from one of his series, literally around any corner. I remember attending a charity baseball game that included various cast members from Happy Days, but it was Garry who had everyone laughing. He was the most genuine man ever. Two seconds in his presence and you knew that about him.
As the years passed and he moved further into movies, and I moved deeper into writing, he was a huge inspiration. I have always wanted to entertain people in the way that he has. His words as well as the projects he chose to be a part of were able to make us laugh, and yet he never ran away from addressing the issues of our times.
In recent years I have had the opportunity not only to meet him a couple of times, but to know people close to him. He never disappointed. His passing is crushing. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I’m missing him already. He truly was the best! The legacy he has left behind will never be touched. He was absolutely one of a kind.