Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I received an e-mail yesterday with the sad news of Don LaFontaine's passing.
We are in the business of words, yet the right words seem hard to come by today.
Don had a way of touching lives. I had the great fortune of meeting Don last year in Las Vegas at the VOICE conference. My mother attended Don's panel with me, and took the photo above.
My mom, with no knowledge or real interest in voice over, left that panel saying she had an enormous respect for Mr. LaFontaine. He made us laugh, he made us want to know him better, he made us want to be a little more like him. Whether you loved him for his talent, or his ability to tell a great story...you loved him. Instantly.
After the panel, Don stayed long enough to take photos with every person in that room. He certainly didn't have to do this, and we would not have thought less of him for leaving. Yet, he stayed and shook every hand.
I am deeply saddened by Don's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with, and will continue to be with, Don's family and friends.