In Memoriam: Michael Collins

Michael Collins (Major General, USAF, Retired), October 31, 1930 – April 28, 2021

Michael Collins, the astronaut who took this photo, is the only human, alive or dead, that wasn’t in the frame of this picture when it was taken on July 21, 1969.

“This venture has been structured for three men, and I consider my third to be as necessary as either of the other two. I don’t mean to deny a feeling of solitude. It is there, reinforced by the fact that radio contact with the Earth abruptly cuts off at the instant I disappear behind the moon. I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.” – Michael Collins

In Memoriam: Hamilton Mitchell

Hamilton Mitchell, August 13, 1957 – January 31, 2021

I met Hamilton and his wife Robbie a few years ago in LA. Mandy McMillian had promised to take me out to the best little Italian joint in Studio City, and she absolutely delivered. Little did I know that joining us that night would be two of the most charming people I would ever have the pleasure of meeting. Over the course of a single dinner they made me feel like we’d known each other for years. Ham’s warmth and humor will resonate long after his passing. I’m very lucky to have known him.

In Memoriam: Jeremy Bulloch

Jeremy Bulloch, February 16, 1945 – December 17, 2020

It would be difficult to overstate the warmth and affability this man showed me. Under incredibly uncomfortable circumstances he granted me an unscheduled interview and shared a few personal stories with me about working on the original Star Wars sets and bringing Boba Fett to life. All with a smile and a laugh. I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few celebrities doing The Sci-Fi Guys, and this guy was one of the kindest. We lost a true gentleman today.