|I was only three years old at the time|
of River Phoenix's death. I didn't know it then,
but River Phoenix would soon become
the greatest thing that ever happened to me.
When I discovered his movie Stand By Me,
I was blown away with his talent.
When I learned about his care for other people,
it made me appreciate him even more.
When I learnt of his death,
it made me appreciate life even more.
Who knows where we'd all be in this world
if River Phoenix never lived?
He is truly an inspiration to all generations.
|Brooke Smith - New York,
February 7, 2004