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  • Oh Captain, My Captain;

    Where do I start? I have looked up to you ever since you taught me to believe. I have lived so many different adventures with you over the years. You were there almost every minute of my childhood. Together, we fought swashbuckling pirates, played an enchanted board game and helped cure diseases through laughter. You taught me about the power of wishing in your comical ways. Through you, I discovered what it truly means to seize the day, to grab life by the ears and go along for the ride. I will never waste the opportunities to use my spark of madness. After all, you only have one per lifetime. However, yours will live on along with your immortal legacy. Of all the parts you've played, of all the people you've represented, the movie that stands out in my mind is Hook.

    As a child, I loved the story of Peter Pan. He was a free spirit that never wanted to grow up. But now here was a movie staring an old man. An ADULT who had lost that spirit. When I was a kid, my favorite character was Rufio because he represented all that Pan was, or at least what I thought he did as a kid. Weeks before your tragic passing, I found one of my childhood favorite movies and I decided to share it with my siblings. The experience was completely different from any other time before. I saw your portrayal of Pan as someone I wanted to be. In the end, it's okay to grow up. Just because you grow up, doesn't mean you have to be a boring grumpy man. You can still be a pirate or a jokester. I realized that almost every part was communicating this message to me. To take control of my life and have a fun time. You were my inspiration to become an actor. You taught me that laughter is the cure to life's hardest struggles. And I believe in the Pan. Forever and Always.

    Thanks for the Inspiration
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