|Tom Clancy 1947 - 2013|
In a former life, I was a restaurant manager at Planet Hollywood, Orlando.
It was the late ’90s and I’d met and helped a bunch of celebrities during this heyday of PH. (No big deal - whatever.)
I hadn’t, however, met any famous authors – until Tom Clancy walked toward me in the middle of a shift.
When Mr. Clancy stopped directly in front of me, I was absolutely star struck.
In front of me!
I so knew I would break all the house rules by opening my mouth to say something, but I couldn't help myself.
I politely asked if he could/would share what Jack Ryan, one of his beloved-by-millions characters, was going to do next?
Mr. Clancy smiled and graciously told me "You never know what can happen with that guy."
The human traffic jam cleared, he moved on and I'm sure it was a moment quickly forgotten by him, but that brief encounter remains a writerly highlight for me.
It was, therefore, a huge shock to hear that Mr. Clancy, author of more than twenty-five books, many of which became Hollywood blockbusters, such as The Hunt For Red October, had passed away earlier this week - at the age of sixty-six.
I could never hold a candle to the talent of Mr. Clancy, and while some literary snobs may sniff at his body of work, his amazing tales about Jack Ryan and John Clark working together to keep America - and the world - safe from harm and evil glady kept me awake for many a night.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Clancy.
We have the creative watch.