Richard, as many of you know, was the showrunner for both T.H.E. Show in Newport and T.H.E. Show in Las Vegas. I wish I could say that I knew him better, but I’ve only been covering his shows for the last four years and Richard has been a pillar of the audio community for far longer than that.
A lovely tribute, far more detailed that I could have managed, is available over at T.H.E. Show. A guestbook to share memories can also be found there.
In our short acquaintance, I found Richard to be utterly charming and hugely generous. He always had a kind word, a quick smile, and seemed ever on the edge of that legendary laugh. He never sat still, but was always on the move — there with a quiet word, a wink, a handshake or hug — and then off to the next person, plan, problem, or adventure.
Richard was funny as hell and mean as a bag of snakes. Never without his wit, which had been sharpened to a point that was casually murderous, Richard stole every scene he entered. A story-teller of truly epic proportions (all of which I will keep to myself for good, solid, legal reasons), he was a grandmaster of the outlandish and outrageous. I’m pretty sure he saw it as a personal mission to scandalize as many as possible, as often as possible, and he was terrifically good at it.
He was a dervish, a devil, and he will be sorely missed.
With much love and affection to our beloved friend, Richard — Godspeed, sir. Your memory will always make me smile. And laugh.
We will miss you terribly.