I’m sure over the next few days, as news of the death of Don LaFontaine spreads far and wide, there will be many folks posting comments and memories of Don. He was truly larger than life, not just a great talent, but as I got to see first hand in my one direct encounter with him, a wonderfully generous and kind human being.
My only in-person encounter with Don was at the first VOICE conference in Las Vegas in March of 2007. Don came and spoke to us one event and when his comments were finished, there were quite a few of us who lined up to ask him a question. Long before the everyone got to the microphone to ask their question, it came time to bring the evening’s activities to an end.
But Don agreed to stay, shake hands with and get photographed with everyone who wanted to get a picture with him. In a snap, all 200 plus in attendance were lined up. It took a long time, but Don stayed and greeting and was photographed with everyone who took the time to stand in line. Even though it was the end of a very long day for him. Even though everyone would have understood if he’d begged off. From those who knew him best, and from those I’ve known personally who’ve worked with him, I’ve heard exactly the same things again and again; so I know the generous spirit he showed to all of us was no fluke.
If you have a story about Don, comments are open. Share it here. I’d love to see it. I’m sure others would, too.
This is my one and only time meeting Don, at VOICE in Las Vegas, March 2007.
Update: There is a message from Don’s best friend of 30 years, Paul Pape, at Voiceover Universe.