I have avoided so far writing about the tremendous loss of Robert Osborne. Mostly due my present duties at work and at home.
Over the years my wife and I have had TCM as part of our cable package, but recently we decided to cancel the subscription that is part of our cable package that includes TCM.
After his death, I thought about the press coverage of his death and the meaning of his life as it related to all of us who watched him over the years. I found the press coverage lacking for someone of his stature. The major networks said practically nothing and it was left to print journalism to cover his death. Which is appropriate considering he WAS a writer and historian. I only hope that the Academy Awards next year give him his due.
I just found this wonderful article written by Matthew Continetti of the Washington Free Beacon:
The article is well written and explains to those not familiar with Robert Osborne something to think about.
Those of us here on the message boards enjoyed writing about him and at times some here had very strong opinions about his goof-ups on air and his continued mix-ups of certain facts. I always felt that his slight goof-ups were endearing and that anyone could have made the same mistakes. Considering he did quite a few of those wrap arounds each month.
I have always felt that his wrap arounds that he did for the films TCM showed were mostly for the uninitiated or the folks new to the channel and classic films. Those of us who have written here for years are IMHO very well informed (for the most part) and knowledgeable about the films shown on TCM and have formed various opinions about certain film genres and films themselves.
Many have written here that over time they stopped paying attention to these wrap arounds instead choosing to concentrate on his excellent relationships he had built over the years with many of the classic actors he interviewed.
Without TCM there is a void, but with the films TCM shows now, I feel that subscribing to the channel is a bit too much. That is the nice thing about having my own film library. I can watch whatever film I want whenever I want to.
I am hopeful that the future is mostly secure with Ben Mankiewicz taking over as the main host for the channel and will get better with each introduction and or interview he makes. I am also hopeful that whomever else TCM decides to bring on will continue the great tradition that Osborne has left behind.
As I often say about the recently deceased, they are in a better place now. Hopefully in heaven he is screening movies for those who never saw these movies before and has rekindled the relationships with those Hollywood folks he knew for so many years.
Hopefully when he sits down to talk with Robert Mitchum again, Mitchum will be a little nicer and actually talk about his films.
Mr. Osborne had a great on-air presence and he was well-respected in the industry and loved by his fans even with any of his on-air goofs.
Having TCM was a treat for many years and I for one will miss seeing him.
RIP Mr. Osborne.