Paul was just the kind of grandfather a little girl wants. The goofy jokes, the songs sung to me, the big, strong paw of a hand gentle on my arm. When he and my grandmother retired to Florida, we would spend every vacation with them, and he would sit on the terrace for hours after dinner with a glass (or two, or more) of wine, looking out at the ocean.
What's great about the Golden Age of Television is some of the lasting, nostalgic memories -- and some of the great one-liners delivered by the likes of Barney Fife (Don Knotts): "Nip it in the bud!" Or, our favorite greaser of all time, Fonzie (Henry Winkler), who made the first letter of the alphabet so special: "Aaay!"
Instead of turning to entertainment journalists analyzing a publicist's statement about the actor "battling severe depression" to confirm some sick curiosity, we ought to look where Mr. Williams wanted us to look, where he left so many astounding gifts and treasures, where he lived and where he still lives -- in his art.