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Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor

Williams’ first venue

EDITOR: In Staff Writer Julie Johnson’s article about Robin Williams (“A frequent presence in North Bay,” Tuesday”), she mentioned that “lore has it that the Lark Creek Inn didn’t allow Williams to work as a busboy on weekends.” I can assure you that was more than “lore.”

When I opened Lark Creek in 1972, I hired a bright, hardworking 21-year-old named Robin to be one of our busboys. He was working his way through drama classes at College of Marin, and Lark Creek was very successful. It was a rare night that we didn’t have a half-hour wait for dinner.

Robin’s antics became a problem when he continued to disrupt the flow of the dining experience. He considered our 150 seated patrons as his audience, and his humor was just as wacky then as the public has gotten to love over the years.

I asked Robin to just let his humor overflow when he was off-duty, but that didn’t work with Robin Williams. When he was on, he was on. So I had to restrict his hours to daytime, weekdays, when we weren’t so packed. He took it well.

No one could ever have guessed that our funny young busboy would make the cover of Time magazine just three years later. Good memories.

SKIP SOMMER

Petaluma

Immigration debate

EDITOR: For those who want to allow these illegal immigrants entering our southern border, I ask will you take them into your household? Or better yet allow a refugee camp to be built in Sonoma County for a few years?


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