I had not seen Robert for a very long time, but had spoken of him just a few weeks earlier with his friend, Robert Dean. Dean said of nothing of Robert's illness, so either Robert himself did not know he was ill or had determined to keep it from the public.
At the same time, Robert had a good sense of humor, and often laughed along with me when I responded to his irritations. Speaking with him in person, I noticed that he often smiled at his own petulant statements, like a slightly naughty boy being quite pleased with himself.
Los Angeles, June 25, 2010