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Mork calling Orkan

August 12, 2014

A reader will have to be a certain age to know what the title of this blog posting is about; and if, like me, they are that certain age, they will also know what


Nano Nano




They will even know, and be able to make the sign themselves, what this means:


(For the 95%+ of my readers who are younger than me, these are both friendship greetings)


As I woke up this morning, it was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Robin Williams. The news feeds saying it was suicide, age 63, through depression.

Wikipedia tells me that Mork and Mindy was screened between 1978 and 1982. Presuming if was shown in the UK at a roughly similar time, when it started I was a sixteen year old, and I fell for the programme, just as I fell for another hit series, Happy Days. (going totally off piste, I see that Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie in that series, one of the coolest people of that era, in later years received an honorary OBE for services to dyslexia and special educational needs in the UK: how cool is that?)

Robin Williams has provided enjoyment to me since those days. I loved his alien character Mork, from the planet Orkan. I don't know if I am correct in this recollection, but when he said 'Mork calling Orkan' there was always a tinge of sadness, of him being alone away from his planet; as well as him reporting back what Earth was like.

In subsequent years, as well as liking Good Morning, Vietnam!, I loved Dead Poets' Society, seeing that film numerous times (two things in particular: taking his class out into the corridor, and making the boys listen to the sounds of their dead precedessors, and the phrase Carpe Diem, seize the day) and Mrs Doubtfire, which Jane and I have enjoyed with all our children.

But above all, I loved Mork and Mindy:


Allan calling Mork: nano, nano.

RIP, Robin Williams.



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