Farewell to a Friend

Today, I lost a friend.  Ed Bartosik, who had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," passed away on Monday morning. We all lost a talented actor and director, an amazing writer, and an inspirational lover of theater. 

Those of you who've been reading his blog, "Living with ALS," know how courageous he was right until the very end. He never lost his sense of humor nor his passion for the arts. When I saw him last week, even though he could no longer speak and had difficulty breathing, he was still able to communicate, writing and drawing on a notebook and sharing his thoughts and pictures online.  His body was quitting on him, but his mind and spirit never gave up. 

I'll miss you, Ed.  I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you on Laughter on the 23rd Floor and to learn from you about acting, comedy, theater, and movies, as well as the issues of social justice that you felt so passionate about.  You were one of the greats and you won't be forgotten.  You made the world a better place.