I was so excited when they renamed the Waldo Tunnel the Robin Williams Tunnel. Many would think how typically Marin to name a tunnel after a comedian. But not me. My reasons are personal.
The Robin Williams Tunnel is Marin's gateway to that spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, an international icon, the supermodel of bridges.
But not for me.
Eight years ago, our daughter Casey drove to the bridge and jumped, like thousands of others. Every time I've crossed that bridge since it's been a reminder. I just stare ahead, ignore the throngs of star struck tourists and get through it.
I met Robin Williams in 1997 at Chrissy Field for a charity event. He was waiting in the wings as the kids watched a magician. There was no time to grab Casey, then 7, from the crowd. My wife and I walked up to him.