I propose we make this the official motto for the O-Deck. Who’s with me?
Did you know that before he died, Andreas Katsulas has dinner with J Michael Strazynski, Peter Jurassik and Douglas Netter, where he got JMS to spill all the secrets of the making of Babylon 5, because as he put it, “Who am I going to tell?”
From the Last Of The Babylon Wiki’s
In early 2005, Katsulas, who in the words of Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, “loved smoking with a passion that cannot be described” was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Shortly before his death, he invited Straczynski, Peter Jurasik, and Douglas Netter to his house for one last dinner, during which he persuaded Straczynski to tell him all the secrets about the making of Babylon 5 that had been kept from the public, saying “Who am I going to tell?” Katsulas died on February 13, 2006 at the age of 59. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Now you may have noticed that this is unsourced material, and wonder if i’ve gone native. You should know me better than that by now. While it is true there are no linked sources, on the bottom of the page there is a link to JMSNews, a archive for all of JMS’s USENET correspondance over the years. JMS was one of the first producers to heavily get involved in the internet in it’s infancy to communicate with fans. As such, it makes for great sources for B5 related stories like this. There is a link to a post about the last days of Andreas but someone didn’t link it to the blurb above. LEARN TO WIKI NOOB!
Here is what he wrote, posted to rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated on Feb 15, 2006.
Just over a year ago, Andreas Katsulas — who loved smoking with a
passion that cannot be described — was diagnosed with lung cancer,
which by then had already spread to other areas. He quit smoking at
once and went on a healthy diet and vitamin program, but there was
little hope of a good resolution even though the new regimen was very
good for him. When we spoke about it, he laughed, and said, “Now that
I’m dying I’ve never felt better!”
His spirits were always up and positive, putting everyone at ease about
his condition, because...well, that’s the kind of person he was.
A couple of months ago, he and his wife convened a dinner with me,
Doug, and Peter Jurasik, which was filled with laughter and stories and
good food. He wanted to know all the stories we never told him
because, as he said, “Who am I going to tell?” So we did. Because we
knew we were saying goodbye, and there would not be a second chance.
Last night, in the company of his wife and family, Andreas closed his
eyes and went away.
He lived an amazing life...full of travel and wonder and good
work...was part of the world renowned Peter Brook company...he saw the
planet, loved and was loved, ate at great restaurants, smoked too many
cigarettes...he lived a life some people would die for.
And, sadly, due to the last part of that equation...he did.
Memorial arrangements are still being worked out, but will doubtless be
Andreas is gone...and G’Kar with him, because no one else can ever play
that role, or ever will.
I will miss him terribly.
Emphasis mine. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be a fly on that wall and hear those kind of stories. Let us close out this FOTD with some some G’kar gifs.
And with that, I’ll bid you all farewall and see you tomorrow for another Fact Of The Day.
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