Thanks to my good friend Fran I was able to learn a bit from Mr. Williams during his time shooting the movie "Patch Adams" in Chapel Hill. He even came to take one of my spinning classes during his time here.
I saw him get to the eye level of each and every person he talked to, kneeling for the shorter ones, and remember him taking a young wheelchair bound fan for a "ride" around campus delaying a whole evening worth of movie poster shooting.
From what I can tell, at that time, what you saw on the screen was how he was in real life.
Humble. Grateful. Taking joy in each day.
I learned quite a lot about the right way to interact with folks while he was here, and how to notice the smaller most important things every day.
That is how I will remember him.
Godspeed Robin Williams. Godspeed.