Ron Robinson moved on to an honored celestial marketing executive position on August 14. His agency--Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods--had been a favorite production client for decades.
Ron was one of the three Little Rock movers-and-shakers who were charitable enough to write letters of recommendation when I applied to the PhD program at the Department of Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University--Jonesboro. He was the first person to address me a "Dr. Jones"--long before it was legitimate to do so. Ron was one of those individuals to whom the terms "icon" and "larger-than-life" were NOT hyperbole. He will be missed. We are not likely to see his kind again in the Little Rock market.
You can watch Ron's tribute video here. It was produced by Deborah Grace and edited by Seth Padgett. Dr. David Stricklin--director of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies--delivered one of Ron's eulogies. You can view it here. One of Ron's lasting legacies is the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. I created a series of work-in-progress and Opening Night videos of the theater. Check them out here.
And, of course, it should be fitting that Ron has the last word.