Whoosh! Issue 67 - April 2002

FAN TESTIMONIALS IN MEMORIAM
KEVIN SMITH
1963-2002

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01. Arete
02. KMCMAGE
03. Daryle Lamont Jenkins
04. Virginia Kelly
05. Yadira Dehoyos
06. Bernardine Lewis
07. Cyndi
08. Angel Rauch
09. Beboman
10. Jessica Edwards
11. Philippa
12. Tina Dunckel
13. Andrew Shaughnessy
14. Sherry Kilgore
15. Marsha
16. Rebecca Pienn
17. J. Henry
18. Sarah Inbody
19. Richard Barrett
20. Amy Murphy
21. Bookdaft
22. Diane C. Bonacci
23. Sandy Hall
24. Liza Sand
25. E. A. Week
26. Valerie C. Noble



FAN TESTIMONIALS IN MEMORIAM
KEVIN SMITH
1963-2002




You will be missed

Kevin Smith Memorial
ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
Auckland, New Zealand
February 28, 2002


Arete

[01]

I live in Ontario, Canada and have been a huge fan of Kevin Smith since the first time I saw him in the Xena episode, TIES THAT BIND, about 6 years or so ago. It was his portrayal of Ares that kept me watching. It was also one of the main reasons I started writing. I loved writing fan fiction about Ares. Kev put so much expression and depth into the character that it was fun to write. I never even knew I could write until fanfic, and now I have one novel published and a couple of others in the process.

One particular Kev memory comes to mind, however, one that will forever have a special place in my heart. It was 1998, and Kevin was attending a convention in Burbank. I couldn't afford the trip, but many of my friends in the U.S. were fortunate enough to attend. Lessa and Ceallach called me from the convention to report on the wonderful time they were having. The next thing I knew, it was Kevin's voice on the line, saying "G'day, Kim!" We talked for a few minutes about how much he liked Canada and that he was glad he had fans up here. I'm sure his was a busy schedule that day and he was surrounded by people who had paid money to see him, yet he took the time to talk to me on the phone. It reinforced the fact that not only was he a great actor, but that he was also a compassionate and caring human being. I'll never forget those few moments, or the fact that he cared enough about his fans to spend them talking to me.

Rest in Peace, Kevin. Your work and humanity brought many people together and made the world seem like a much smaller, friendlier place.

Kim/Arete



KMCMAGE

[02]

I hardly know where to begin.

This has been one heck of a week. I was so excited about going to Pasadena and seeing Renee [O'Connor] for the first time And to see Claire [Stansfield], Alex [Tydings], and Hudson [Leick] again. Then Friday night when I got back from the convention I happened to go online to find that Kevin had passed away. At first I didn't believe it. It seemed surreal to me. I cried myself to sleep that evening.

I'm so glad I got the chance to meet Kevin Smith. He came to Dearborn this past fall and I luckily had purchased a seat in the second row. I asked him one question: What was it like to work with Renee and is she really that short. He said, "Renee is a pleasure to work with: the best." "She's great and yes she's pretty short"

Then I got to meet him at the charity breakfast. I asked him only for a photo of me and him. The funny thing is my camera wouldn't work so while my friend fumbled with the camera I still had my arm around him and vice versa. I said, "It's ok, I get to just stand here and hug you for a bit." He laughed. Then he decided to take a look at it and even tried to fix it [the camera].

He was such a gentle, caring soul. Not anything like the character he portrayed. He seemed boyish and humble. A really sweet guy. Even though I didn't really know him at all, I got a glimpse of the man he was. A wonderful man. I will miss him. I extend my most profound condolences to his family friends and the entire cast of Xena.

Goodnight Sweet Prince. You were loved by many.



Daryle Lamont Jenkins

[03]

I am a big Xena fan, and of all the characters, Ares was among my favorites. I particularly like the actor that played him, Kevin Smith (not the "Silent Bob" Kevin Smith, this Kevin Smith was from New Zealand). I especially dug him after I found out he used to be in a punk band before he started on Xena. He and Alexandra "Aphrodite" Tydings must have been the best of friends since she is an anarchist who is into the DC hardcore scene.

Anyway when Xena ended last year, my thought was that the only one that we will see again was Lucy Lawless, since she and Bruce Campbell was the only one that we did see somewhere else besides the show (She's on X Files now) The other day Entertainment Tonight had a blurb about a Kevin Smith story to come on after the commercial break. I thought cool, he was staying busy. My jaw dropped when they said they were going to talk about the "details surrounding his tragic death".

Kevin Smith was shooting a movie in Beijing, China, when he fell from "a great height". He lived for a few days before dying. He was 38. What sucks is that it turns out he was going to be seen more. The next day after this shoot, he was on his way to shoot for a movie with Bruce Willis!

To be honest he gave both the Xena and Hercules shows some pep. He was probably the most popular character on the show. It's a shame that he is not around to show what else he can do, but I am glad he got his chance to shine. He sure as hell deserved it.



Virginia Kelly

[04]

I was thinking about all the reports I've read about how sweet Kevin Smith was at the conventions and how wonderful he was in life. He seemed to bring all of himself to Xena: Warrior Princess and entertained and made a lot of people happy.

I also got to thinking about how touching and generous the response has been from the fans and the stars and staff of Xena: Warrior Princess in mourning Mr. Smith's passing and in helping his family. And in marveling at that circle of goodness, this quote came to mind:

"Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away."
---This Momentous Day, H.R. White
Sincerely,
Mezzo ROCHarlot



Yadira Dehoyos

[05]

To the family of Kevin Smith,

I am extremely sad that Kevin Smith is no longer with us. My sister and I cried so hard when we learned the news and besides the incredible shock and disbelief we felt, all we could think of was why and how this happened. It hurt so much to know that one of the most talented and beautiful men in this world, the man who has entertained me on television and in person at the conventions, and the man who I cared about from afar had died in such a tragic accident.

He brought me so much joy and entertainment when I would watch him perform as Ares. And when I finally had the chance to see him in person at the New York Xena Convention, I immediately got tickets. I found him to be so sweet, witty and very eager to answer the fans' questions. I also realized how truly multi-talented he was when I attended the Saturday night cabaret. That voice, that incredible sexy voice, I almost swooned. And I got so jealous when Joel Tobeck grabbed my sister from the audience and brought her on stage. I wanted to be up there with Kevin, and I got even greener when she put her hands on Kevin's arms to feel those strong biceps. My sister sure had a blast that day and so did I. Kevin was an amazing performer and we were so looking forward to him returning to New York. It hurts to know that it won't happen.

My sister and I grieve for him and we are so very sorry for your incredible loss. I will be sending a donation when the Kevin Smith Foundation is set up and it makes me happy to know his memory and legacy will go on in this fund that will help you and other actors' families going through rough times.

Kevin is now at rest and at peace and I hope you will soon find comfort. He will always be with you.

Love,
Yadira DeHoyos
XeniaG



Bernardine Lewis

[06]

Kevin Smith
March 16, 1963 Ė February 15, 2002
The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Itís hard to express how Iíve been feeling since I heard the news about Kevinís accident and then death. I begin to wonder how his family is coping. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to Suzanne, Oscar, Tyrone, Willard, and Kevinís parents Geoff & Yvonne.

Kevin was a special man of that there is no doubt. He was a gifted actor and his special talent entertained many around the world. He never seemed to have a negative thing to say about anyone, always seeing some good where others might have missed it.

He touched many lives over the years and mine was no exception. He had a way of making a person feel special. When he spoke to you, nothing else mattered; he gave you his all. Kevin brought joy and happiness into our lives and because of him we made friends with people we might otherwise never have had the good fortune to be in contact with.

Kevin was a gentle man, but he admitted to having one heck of a temper.

He was on the verge of breaking into Hollywood, of that I have no doubt and had told him so last April during a trip to Auckland to see him in The Blue Room. I told him that his time had come, he had more than paid his dues and would soon be rewarded for his patience.

Kevin was a devoted father and whenever he spoke about his boys he would get a peaceful happy look on his face. They meant everything to him. His boys will grow up without their father, but they will have the knowledge that he loved them with all his heart and that he was a dad they can forever be proud of.

Kevin my friend, I know that wherever you are right now, you are still watching over your family, because thatís the kind of man you were.

Kevin was a star in the truest sense of the word, but what separated him from others was that he wouldnít allow himself to be put up on a pedestal.

Kevin wasnít perfect. He had his flaws as we all do, but he never tried to hide them. He was human, just a man, with human frailties and flaws.

He had such a presence. You always knew when Kevin had entered the room. You could feel him.

He brought so much into the lives of the people who were lucky enough to know him. It was an unfair twist of fate that took you from us too soon. It doesnít seem like people are willing to let you go just yet. He is a shinning star guiding us along.

Kevinís untimely death has been felt around the world. It is time for us to celebrate the man that he was. Kevin will live on in our thoughts and be forever in our hearts.

Kev, you once told me that we all have to go home sometime, but Kevin, did you have to go home so soon? We love you Kevin and will never forget you. You will continue to live as long as we remember you.

Rest in Peace Dearheart.
Bernardine
Toronto, Canada



Cyndi

[07]

"If you ask me what I came into this world to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud."
---Emily Zola

When I read that, for some reason, Kevin immediately popped into my mind. I didn't know him personally, but, all that I've read (especially recently) and the vibe he generated, lead me to believe that he lived just that way. "Out Loud"

His persona was larger than life. Once I saw Ares, I could never picture anyone else being able to pull it off so well. His presence was such that he literally leapt right off the screen. I suppose I was lulled into this false sense that he WAS immortal. Like so many, I feel as though I've lost a friend. I think it's because he was a guest in my home every time I tuned into an episode. I just got used to having him around.

He was a beautiful man, To me, he personified the epitome of health and vitality. But, what made him even more appealing was that, although he possessed all of these sexy, charismatic qualities, his heart belonged to one woman, who I can only imagine must be very, very special. Even though he was out there chasing his dreams, I believe in his heart he was just a family man. You know, an "every day kind of guy." I think that's why I liked him so much.

I have heard it said, that the greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. I think Kevin would be proud to know, he did just that.

Years from now he will still be remembered as young and beautiful, and to his fans will always be our beloved Ares.

Years from now, there will still be a foundation in his name, that was put together by friends who, obviously loved and thought enough of him to do this in his honor.

But, perhaps his biggest legacy, is that years from now there will be three grown men, who each undoubtedly, will still possess a piece of their father's spirit in there own soul. It's as if a part of him will live through them forever.

There's a land beyond the river
That they call the sweet forever
And we only reach that shore by faith's decree
One by one we'll gain the portals
There to dwell with the immortals
When they ring the golden bells for you and me
Godspeed Kevin.........you will be missed.



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