Yesterday we lost Stan Lee and Douglas Rain. You probably know who Stan Lee was. He’s arguably at least as famous as many of his comic book characters. You probably don’t know who Douglas Rain was – I didn’t – but you almost certainly know his most famous character. Rain provided the voice of HAL in ”2001: A Space Odyssey.” He had a successful career as a Shakespearean actor.
How will we be remembered? Will people remember who we were? Will our work live on after we’re forgotten? Does it matter? I suppose we each have to answer that question for ourselves. Lee seemed concerned about his place in popular culture. Rain apparently didn’t, and I don’t know if he worried about whether his name would live in the world of theater. But I’m willing to bet that they both cared deeply about their work. For me, that’s what matters.