Tributes to Don

As you might imagine, there are tributes to Don LaFontaine springing up all over the blogosphere. For example, I received an invitation today (as you probably did too) from Voice123.com to submit an audio clip in tribute to him. There’s a post on the Voice123.com blog with details if you’d like to participate, too. And Carmen Texeira emails that the site with the audio tributes is now live.

Voices.com’s Vox Daily has a moving tribute post with dozens of comments.

Dan O’Day has a unique and entertaining video on his blog that features Don, his wife and daughters and his best friend Paul Pape.

Dave Courvoisier asks for a moment of silence on his blog.

Brian Haymond posts about a recent email exchange with Don.

Liz de Nesnera writes about the collision in her worlds on her blog, and of meeting both Don and his wife on separate occasions in the last year and a half.

Dave Christi remembers his own long-distance encounter with Don.

Kara Edwards includes a photo of her meeting Don at VOICE 2007 in Las Vegas as well as memories of that special moment in time.

Juan offers a memory of a recording session with Don that he sat in on over at his Some Audio Guy blog.

Joe Rodriguez pays tribute to Don and includes a YouTube video on his blog.

Stewart Wilson-Turner offers condolences to Don’s family at VoiceBank’s VoiceRegistry blog.

Russ Renshaw says good-bye on his VoiceOverture blog.

Peter O’Connell also has some words of farewell and blessing on his blog.

Updated to add, The VO-BB is officially in mourning. Voice123.com has also changed their logo to black.

There’s more here at Mahalo.com.

I’ve posted the link to the Voiceover Universe tribute page previously, but for the sake of completeness add it here, too.

And VoiceOverXtra remembers Don.

Further update: Don’t miss Michael Minetree’s moving tribute to Don on his blog. And Michael has created a special tribute section on his VO forum as well.

Additional update: With thanks to Kristy Sproul and her Voice Chasers forum for the links, you’ll find an obituary on CNN.com, A story in the Washington Post, AFTRA President Roberta Reardon remembers Don LaFontaine on the AFTRA site and SAG’s Alan Rosenberg issued a statement published on the SAG site.

Another update: My friend Joe Szymanski blogs about things he learned from Don.

Updating again: Sandy Weaver Carman asks “How will you miss Don? on her blog. And Frank Murphy remembers a live radio broadcast featuring Don on KLOS.

Another update: Peter O’Connell posted in the comments below, but I’m adding it here for the sake of completeness, you’ll find a heart-felt message on the LA Fishbowl from Media Bistro today.

And another: This video is now featured on Voiceover Universe.
Find more videos like this on voiceover universe presents…

Also on the Voiceover Universe site is this tribute page to Don. Thank you, again, Rick Party for all you’ve done to bring the voiceover universe closer together.

Adding today: The UK newspaper The Independent has a page of Don LaFontaine’s greatest hits. (Note, not all the movie trailer voices featured on this page are actually Don.)

Yet another update: Voiceover Times has a wonderful write-up on Don that’s well worth a few minutes of your time.

And another: The Los Angeles Times published an article remembering Don a couple of days ago. It included this video from the Associated Press.

My thanks to John Florian and his VoiceOverXtra site for the link to the LA Times article.

And another update: Matt Anthony’s blog post in tribute to Don was written over a week ago, but I only discovered it today.

Don’t miss this one: Just today ran across the wonderful comments by Randy Thomas that are posted on the Voicebank Blog. And Melanie Haynes has some very nice comments on her blog, too.

With thanks to my friends Dan Nachtrab and Joe Szymanski, there’s a wonderful feature audio piece about Don LaFontaine, and about voice acting in general, on Paul Butler’s blog.

8 Comments

  1. Bob, what a great gathering you have put together here. I’m sure Don’s wife and children would love to see this as well.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Comment by Brian in Charlotte — September 3, 2008 @ 8:28 am

  2. Brian,

    Thank you. I thought it might be nice to have one collection of links to as many of these stories and tributes as I could find.

    Be well,
    Bob

    Comment by Bob — September 3, 2008 @ 9:41 am

  3. He was an incredible individual.

    Bob, that you’ve gone through all this, speaks to a depth of character.

    Thanks for this.
    Take care,
    Juan

    Comment by SomeAudioGuy — September 3, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  4. Bob:

    Not sure if you saw this one as well: http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/show_business/the_voice_over_community_remembers_lafontaine_93390.asp?c=rss

    Best always,
    - Peter

    Comment by Peter O'Connell — September 3, 2008 @ 6:46 pm

  5. Peter,

    Thank you. I had not seen that. I’ll add it promptly.

    Be well,
    Bob

    Comment by Bob — September 3, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  6. Thanks for putting this together, Bob. I appreciate having a quick way to more on Don. I realized today that I have spent quite a bit of time on the web and the phone talking about him… And maybe that’s a form of grieving. Since my blog is not up yet and so much has been said already (and probably better than I could have said it), I simply dimmed the “lights” on my website and placed a banner in his honor. Thanks again, Bob… You’re a treasure, man.

    Comment by Anthony Mendez — September 3, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

  7. Anthony,

    Thank you for the very kind comments. I’m grateful for the honor and privilege of being your friend.

    Be well,
    Bob

    PS: Yes, I’m sure that grieving is exactly what you’ve been doing with your activity and conversations. Me, too.

    Comment by Bob — September 3, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  8. Thanks for putting together this great compilation Bob!
    James

    Comment by James Lorenz — September 4, 2008 @ 5:43 am

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