There are things that unite a generation much more than plain demographics. The movies we watch, the music we listen to, and the books we read end up defining who we are.
Our generation grew up with Robin Williams. He is part of our cultural pantheon. In the outpouring of grief after his passing yesterday, you can find a light in the darkness: art has the power to unite and inspire in a way that almost nothing else can.
Robin Williams was a true artist and has left behind a generation that can’t separate their childhood memories from his performances. His laugh is as iconic as the melody we all heard as the ice cream truck drove by.
We asked people what they would say to Robin if they could say goodbye, if they could say thank you, what they’ll always remember.
The people we talked to could not be more different from one another, yet the look in their eye when we said “Robin Williams” felt like it came from the same heart.
Some called him Genie, others called him Captain, but everyone said thank you.
Photos and writing by Elisa Rodriguez-Vila; Edited by Margarita Noriega