|Top row: Kevin Lima, Steve Moore, Chris Bailey, Fred Cline. Middle row: Kirk Wise, Dan Jeup, Rob Minkoff, Wendell Luebbe. Bottom row: Tim Hauser, Butch Hartman.|
For the most part, the gang looked the same - a testament to living the animation life, I guess. Most of us wore glasses now. Kevin was rocking a new, bearded cue-ball look. And me with my COVID lockdown '70's hair (cowbell band, anyone?). The only real sign of age is that we were on Zoom for more than three hours and never talked shop once.
Stories I either didn't know or had forgotten kept us laughing for hours - the crazy shit that makes us glad cell phones and social media did not exist back then. These were not the flattering stories told at funerals, but hilariously human stories about Kelly. Maybe you had to be there. I'm glad I was.
"He was like the Sun." Kirk said. "People just gravitated to him."
|CalArts dorm, July 1984. From left: Mark Rouse, Kirk Wise (white shirt), Butch Hartman, Steve Moore, and Kelly Asbury. Photo by Kevin Lima|