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By BOB ANDELMAN (email) 

I was saddened to learn this morning of the passing of comedian Robert Schimmel following injuries sustained in a car accident last week.
Schimmel was a guest on Mr. Media Radio twice in a 30-day period back in 2008. He was promoting his book, Cancer on $5 a Day, and I was lucky enough to land him for a March 8 show scheduled for 30 minutes.
He did most of the talking and blew past the 30-minute mark. He did all the work, telling stories both touchingly personal and hysterically funny.
When we got to the end of an hour, I started wrapping it up and thanked him for his time. Schimmel said:
"Time is the greatest gift anyone can give you. The time you gave me today, that's mine now."Let's do it again some time. Let's hope I don't have to get another disease or write another book to get back on your show." I said, "You're welcome back any time," to which he said, "I'll take you up on it!"
And a month later--April 4, 2008--he was back for 90 minutes more of wonderful conversation.
I'm re-posting both interviews, separately, so our iTunes subscribers and others listening via RSS get both shows.
Ironically, I was interviewed last week by Brad Phillips at (no connection) and when he asked me about my favorite guests, without hesitation, I said, "Robert Schimmel."
Thanks for two of the most memorable interviews in this show's history, Robert. Rest in peace.

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Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including 'The Profiler' with Pat Brown, 'Built From Scratch' with the founders of The Home Depot, and 'Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.' • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook
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