I just turned on the tv to see the intro to Anne of the Thousand Days and saw Ben open with the news. My heart just sank. First of all my condolences to Robert's family, friends, and fans. He was such a lovely man. I remember watching him when he and Nick Clooney hosted over 20 years ago. He's the main reason for TCM and why I continue to watch. The thing I will miss most is how his eyes would light up and his gentle smile that made you feel a spark of interest, even for movies you thought you'd never watch. I found myself watching more silent and foreign films because of the stories he told about the films. I know that Ben will carry on his tradition of making us thirst for the classics with the stories behind the films as well as giving us the restored films that had been damaged or thought to be lost. But for now, I will grieve the loss of a true pioneer in the world of film history. Rest well and say hello to the great ones in your company.