I Just found out about Randy's passing and was shocked. This isn't susposed to happen to people so young. I met Randy 30 years ago, when I was 20. And it's amazing the influence someone can have on your life--with such far reaching implications.
In the seven years that I knew Randy, he introduced me to so many things that I continue to love and continue to do to this day. He left an indelible mark and changed me for the better forever.
Randy introduced me to the world of foreign and independent films. He also took me to my first Thai, vietnamese, portugese, ethiopian, Korean, Indian and Cuban restaurants. He introduced me to my favorite magazine, "The economist". In the days before google, I could ask him anything and he would know the answer and could provide deep insight into whatever anyone was discussing. He was a natural teacher and got people interested in history because of his love and enthusiasm for it. He had a knack for bringing information to life for people.
Whenever we travelled, we'd seek out international restaurants we couldn't find in Phoenix and make a point to explore the tastes of different countrys. The amazing thing about Randy was, while we were eating, he could tell me everything about that country, including it's history, as well as it's current state of affairs. He honestly was brilliant!
I had the privledge of attending one of the Arizona State Bar Association Dinners with Randy, where the key note speaker was Jeane Kirkpatrick, who at the time was an american ambassador and foreign policy advisor to Ronald Reagan. Before dinner, All the attorneys were invited to submit questions to Kirkpatrick about current policies or the state of the country. It was a rare opportunity to get direct first hand information....well guess what? When she read aloud the first question, it was Randy's, when she read aloud the second question, it was Randy's...and so was the third. He had great respect for Jeane Kirkpatrick and I suspect understood more intimately what was happening with foreign policy then anyone else in that room! No one knew all three of the questions were his, and he wasn't the kind of person that would care to tell anyone. He was just thrilled he had the chance to ask her directly about our foreign policy initiatives etc.
I just want to say thank you Randy for every kindness you showed me and my family. For being so sweet and so patient. For being so witty and for choosing to see the best in everyone around you.
You were a blessing in my life!