I’ve just received the news that TCM host Robert Osborne has passed away. I guess I’m not surprised as his time on the network has been in steady decline while a good majority of the hosting duties have been taken over by Ben Mankiewicz. For film buffs and classic movie fans everywhere we should be thankful that Robert was a very visible presence for all of us sharing his film knowledge, passion and love of an era past.

If you ask my kids what job does your father want? They’d say he’s been running around the house for years giving us intros to the classic movies he’d share with us as if he’s in training to assume introduction duties to the films that play TCM. All in jest but so true.

Last year while attending the TCM festival in Hollywood, Robert was a no show and I suspect as many of us did that it was health related. Sorry I didn’t get a chance to sit in and listen to him chat up a film or interview a golden era star as he had done the year before with Maureen O’Hara.

Farewell sir and know that your work was valued and appreciated.