Some of you may be familiar with one of my college drama professors, Tony Cornish; some may know him because you knew me in college, and some may know him because he’s always been one of my favorite people to imitate. Imagine me sitting cross-legged in a chair with one arm over my head, saying, in a British accent, “It wants to be less…bad, yes?” That’s Tony.
Anyway, I just found out that Tony passed away this past Tuesday, July 5th. I had been aware that he was ill; a few weeks ago my friend Josh had started a website for people to post stories and tributes to him. He was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease, and came down with pneumonia last week and took a bad turn.
The last time I saw Tony was about 5 years ago I think. He was in Chicago and organized a gathering of some Tufts alums. He was healthy and just as I had remembered him from college. But when I saw Josh in LA in December, he mentioned to me that Tony wasn’t doing so well, but I’m not sure his illness had been diagnosed.
Even before his death, I was touched in the past couple of weeks by all the people who had posted stories on the website. If you’d like to take a look, go to http://www.celebrate-tony.com/
I often have regrets involving people from my past that I lose touch with. I’ll go through periods where I intensely miss people from a certain point in my life, maybe even people I haven’t thought about in years. Those of you who know me well know how much I loved my time at Tufts, and the people I met there. Tony’s passing and reading things from old acquaintances have definitely made me sadly nostalgic.
So here’s to Tony Cornish, the man for whom I will try to make my performances less…bad.