Dave Bridgewater 
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Re: “In Memoriam: Randy Lee Strawderman, 1948-2020

Oh, I'm so sad that I'm just now (11/11/20) seeing this lovely and well deserved article for my late friend, Randy Strawderman. I had been wondering where all the tributes were for this powerhouse of Richmond Theatre. I had trouble finding any until just now. He certainly deserves the recognition as I know of no one, NO ONE who has had a greater impact on Richmond Theatre and the arts community in general than Randy Strawderman. There's no denying the fact that he was a complicated and complex man. He was...extreme in so many ways. His passion for the arts would sometimes be overzealous to a fault. I feel certain that Randy would recognize that quality about himself. He would sometimes let his passion get the better of him and sometimes that whirlwind would knock down things around him. I know he may have rubbed some people the wrong way, but I don't believe it was ever intentional. I believe that everything he did was in genuine pursuit of creating the best possible art that he could muster. And while his extreme nature would disturb some, and while I witnessed on several occasions that he could have perhaps handled certain situations with a gentler hand, he was never anything but gracious and kind to me. And whether or not you were a "fan" of Randy's, his gigantic talent could not possibly be denied or ignored. I feel quite fortunate to have worked with him on several projects. His path was sometimes erratic, but the end result, the final product was always outstanding, intricate, and inspiring. Seeing this article so late, I doubt anyone will even read the words I'm writing here. And that's okay. I guess I felt compelled to write something with the hope that Randy, wherever he is now, will read them. I'll miss you, my friend. Rest well.
David Bridgewater

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Posted by Dave Bridgewater on 11/11/2020 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Angels, Barns and Skeletons

Wes and I use to be the faces of Chesterfield Auto Parts. He was "Chester" and I was his sidekick "Otto." We must have done a dozen or more commercials for them. We had a blast and Wes was always a hoot to work with. I miss doing those spots with him. Come on CAP!!! Bring back Chester and Otto!! Congrats, Wes on the new book. Hope you sell a million of 'em. "Pull off your own great deal."
Dave Bridgewater

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Posted by Dave Bridgewater on 08/25/2020 at 4:55 PM

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