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Tribute to Robert Harris

I just returned from New York, covering The Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame event. I’ll post about that shortly, but felt it was important to pay tribute to someone first.

I just heard that Robert Harris died today, suddenly and unexpectedly. He was an attorney based in Sacramento, but grew up in Wynnewood, PA, and was a childhood friend and classmate of Richard Amsel’s from 3rd grade through high school.

Robert and I had been in touch since the early days of the project, and filmed an interview while he was briefly visiting Los Angeles in the summer of 2018.

Robert is one of two friends I’ve interviewed who knew Amsel during his early years, and his testimonial was sensitive and telling. He and Amsel lost touch with one another after school, and while Robert knew of the artist’s successful career, he did not know of his childhood friend’s death until coming across my website years ago.

I’ll forever be grateful for Robert’s support and participation in the project. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

As those who knew Richard Amsel personally are now in their twilight years, filming interviews has become something of a race against time. Your ongoing support helps make this project possible, which has fiscal sponsorship for 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Donations to the documentary are fully tax-deductible where applicable by law. For more information, please go to


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