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A Poet of People, Merv Griffin has Left our Stage

Very sad news that Merv Griffin will no longer be here with us. 

“Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes, a farewell is necessary before you can meet again and meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.”

 Richard Bach (American Writer, author of ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’, b.1936)

It touched me deeply when I heard this master of interviewing people and legend of television had died today.  What do I think of when I think of him?  Etched in my memory were the extraordinary interviews Merv had with the legendary Orson Wells.  Merv could be fun and frivolous, but when he was with people of intelligence or greatness, that is when you saw the depth of his thoughts. 

I was entranced every time these two men sat together and travelled through Orson’s life or discussing world events.  With Orson’s deep articulate voice and Merv’s passion, the audience was treated to some of the greatest interviews of all time.  I feel lucky to have been able to see these two interact and will never forget them.

Merv, I believe was one of the first to bring anti-aging medicine into the mainstream.  Scientists, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw some of Merv’s favourite guests and they appeared on his show over 30 times.  Durk Pearson, a graduate from MIT, would describe his experiments and how certain amino acids were helping him to stop the aging process.  The chemistry between Durk and Merv was great and opened new doors to the science of medicine.  I learned so much from Durk Pearson, and I have Merv Griffin to thank for that great opportunity. 

Watching Merv after school for many years I fell in love with this man’s amazing genuine personality that could adapt to interact with any type of person that graced his stage.  From Charo’s passionate dances to the author’s Gore Vidal’s insights on politics,  Merv  found the essence of each person and then used his skill at asking questions to show it to the world.

The Knights of the Pain Table are sad today as they lost a memorable significant man who led an extraordinary life.  His interviews will live on, seared in our hearts and he will now be able to meet many of his guests once again. 

 

“May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.”

 Irish Blessing

 

Your Scribe,     Lady Sharon   

 


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2 Responses to “A Poet of People, Merv Griffin has Left our Stage”

  1. Lady Sharon says:

    Lady Rhea it is nice to hear your words.

    I feel your passion for what you write and I commend you. I agree that it is not healthy to live in a closet. It is sad that in our world there still exists a lot of judgement. I think when one grows up constantly denying any part of themselves, it leaves a deep impression. And when one must keep denying that part to the world even as an adult, that false self can really take over.

    Many knew Merv Griffin was bisexual, but he did not discuss this part of his life publicly. It would have been beneficial to many perhaps if he did open up about his sexuality, but I can understand why perhaps he did not.

    Merv was of a much older generation, and I am sure he must have hid it during his younger years. At that time he might have been ostracized for being himself. He learned to deny and deny. I don’t know then, if he could have had the same career if he had been more open. It is only the last decade that we have had some breakthroughs in the entertainment field. I have compassion for anyone who must live a lie for most of their formative years.

    A Knight to me is someone who does what is ethical and right. Being true to yourself is one of the hardest quests in life. But we must create a place where people are accepted for being true to themselves. Perhaps Merv Griffin never was truly accepted. I know it seems he did not help to highlight his sexuality, but perhaps he did things we are not aware of more privately.

    Let us work together to create a world where everyone feels loved and accepted just for who they are. Keep fighting for that Lady Rhea.

    Courteously Respectful,
    Lady Sharon