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There are many Phil Rosenthals. This one has been a Chicago Tribune columnist since 2005. A working journalist since age 17, he is a ...

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 Robin Williams and how brilliant ideas are born

Robin Williams and how brilliant ideas are born

August 17, 2014

Even without Robin Williams' death last week, I might have been reminded of a quiet, thoughtful conversation he and I once had about the process behind his distinctive comedy. Williams spoke of taking a concept on stage, attempting to connect unrelated topics, people, sounds and movements into a singular original insight.

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