Saturday, 28 September 2019 10:15

RIP Rob Garrison

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I was saddened to read this news today. Rob Garrison has died at 59. His is not a household name but I'll bet you remember him from the 1984 film "The Karate Kid." He played Tommy, the Cobra Kai member famous for the line, "Get him a body bag! Yeah!" My connection to Garrison came in college. We attended Ohio University in Athens at the same time. I didn't know  him personally but would see him around town. Prior to "The Karate Kid," he appeared alongside Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman in the 1980 film "Brubaker" some of which was filmed at the vacant Junction City prison, southeast of Columbus and not far from Athens. I saw the movie when it came out and then one day, I recognized him sitting at an OU coffee shop. I didn't approach him but just thought "this isn't something you see everyday in little old Athens Ohio." Not that he was some huge A-list movie star but just a working actor and I respected that. He was also my age and hey, 59 is way too young to exit this earth. So, rest in peace Mr. Garrison.

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