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May 22, 2006
Hello Bobbin,

Thought I would say hello. We are thinking about you and miss you much.
February 25, 2006
I never met Bob but he had an enormous influence on my life. "Closed Mondays" was one of the first times I ever saw claymation and it inspired me to follow a life and career in visual effects and animation. I was born in Australia but have lived in the States for the past 16 and now work at ILM. I only just found out today that Bob had passed away and it saddens me deeply that I never got a chance to thank him in person for creating that spark in me so many years ago. My deepest condolences to all of you in Bob's family. He was truly one of the GREATS!
October 22, 2005
"Blabbermouth computer!" says the character that Bob animated in Closed Mondays. Bob was a special friend and an inspiration to know. I have 30 seconds of Super Eight film showing Bob and friends jumping in the air in the 1975 animation class that he taught with Will- and a pair of shoes that Bob animated that appear to magically walk by themselves. Let me know if you'd like a DVD of this Super Eight film. I was hoping to be able to meet and talk with Bob again sometime. May God Bless.
Sincerely, Tom Samanen
October 12, 2005
Back to the Sea


In late August, we hike to a shady bank
on the south fork of the Yuba
and attend to our task,
releasing the remains of father
and brother into the water,
James Francis and James Robbins,
ash and carbon rippling on the surface
souls drifting free...

a marvelous liquid cloud, white as bone
slowly stretches out,
green phosphorescence shining through
lit by algae from the creek bed -
minnows, dragonflies, and a garter snake
bear witness, we share a peach
and drop the pit into the stream,
seed into seed
father and brother winding together
down Sierra tributaries
slowly to the sea.

-JG
October 08, 2005
Bob was one of the most prolific and creative artists of his generation. He was exceptional at painting, drawing, sculpting, film making, singing, song writing, and prose writing. He was also a gifted musician, stand-up comedian, monologist, inventor, improvisational talker, and very loving human being. To be that talented sometimes carries a burden, and in Bob's case it was the mundane necessities of daily life. Winning the Oscar was relatively easy for him, paying the rent was not. It makes no difference now. His work will live after him because it is superior art, and he will never be forgotten by his loving family and friends.

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Bob's mural installation in Portland The memorial for Bob Rainier Beer Commercial, Portland, Oregon, 1975
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