When Robin almost played Stockton

Fans add to an impromptu Robin Williams shrine in Tiburon on Saturday.

Steve Pinkerton, Stockton’s former redevelopment director, writes:

“Was glancing at your always informative blog over the weekend — saw that you were seeking out that elusive Robin Williams connection to Stockton.
 
” … Way back in the spring of 2004, one of our top priorities was to find a great opening act for the grand re-opening of the Fox Theater. Steve Carrigan, our then Economic Development Director and now City Manager of Los Banos, was tasked with getting Robin Williams as the opening act.  
 
“Steve’s wife and Marsha (Robin’s wife) were good friends back when Marsha was the nanny for Robin in the late 80s.  They lived in the same apartment building in San Francisco.
 
“In any case, Robin was all lined up — but then had another obligation that day — and Mark wouldn’t change the date as he had already been selling tables for that date.  At that point, your good friends at IFG were tasked with finding another top performer — and that is how Seinfeld got the gig.”
 

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