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including Norman Lear, creator of the sitcom Jefferson, all in the family, good times, And One day at a time, died on 5 December. Tributes are being paid to both the people with whom Lear worked and those who were influenced by his work. Just last year, on his 100th birthday, colleagues and famous fans paid tribute to Lear. “I’m grateful to work for someone who was going to use the greatest medium of communication ever to improve some of society’s problems—or at any rate to try to,” John Amos ,James Evans Sr. happy times) told Vulture at the time. “He was courageous in this regard, and his courage paid off in the audiences that gathered for all his shows.”
Jimmy Kimmel, who collaborated with Lear Live in front of a studio audience, made statement to Diversity Noting the irony of wanting to spend more time with a 101-year-old man. Kimmel wrote, “His bravery, integrity and unmatched moral compassion were matched by his kindness, empathy and intelligence.” “Even at 101, Norman cared about the future, our children and the planet as much as anyone I have ever known. He was a great American, a hero in every way and such a funny, smart and sweet man that you just couldn’t believe it. The privilege of working with Norman and the opportunity he gave my wife and I to get to know him and his beautiful family has been one of the great honors and pleasures of my life. We were all very lucky to have him.” President Joe Biden provided an official White House statement on Lear’s passing. He wrote, “Norman Lear was a transformative force in American culture, whose pioneering shows redefined television with courage, wit, and humor, opening our nation’s eyes and often our hearts.”
Statements also came from other stars including George Clooney. “It is hard to accept that Norman Lear is gone too soon, at the age of 101. “The entire world of reason has lost its greatest advocate and our family has lost a dear friend,” Clooney said. “A giant walked in your shoes.” Tyler Perry told Extra People Lear’s sitcoms were “the only thing that brought laughter and joy to me as a child, living a daily nightmare.” Disney CEO Bob Iger remembered Lear as “an icon and the brilliant mind behind countless timely and meaningful shows that were full of heart and humor.” Below, tributes and remembrances to Norman Lear.
Look for the wave. You may not see growth, but know that what you do matters. You are making a difference. And especially, know that together: we will rise. Norman Lear is actually telling the story: “When I was about ten years old, my grandfather told me, when we were standing by a lake in Moods, Connecticut, that every time I threw a stone in the water When I threw it, I was raising the level of water in the lake. I threw another stone. That was not happening. So I threw a stone. I still couldn’t see the level of the lake rising, but my grandfather asked me if I Have seen the wave. Years later I understood what it was to achieve. The wave is what we all have to be satisfied with. That is what we all have to work for with our hearts – to make a wave. Then, We won’t see it, but the water level rises. When we make our own waves, when we absorb each other’s waves, we are experiencing joy in life.” #CoryStories #NormanLear #MondayMotivation
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