I’ve read maybe a book or two, and I’ve seen all the Jurassic Park films (who hasn’t?).
This took me by surprise.
The NYT published a statement from Mr. Crichton’s family.
“Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4th after a courageous and private battle against cancer.
While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.
Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand.
Rest in peace.
Photo from the Harvard Gazette Archives. The photo’s accompanying article also was a good read. Didn’t know Mr. Crichton studied at Harvard Med. Didn’t even know he created E.R.
Crichton elicited knowing chuckles from his audience as he described coaching actors to become doctors, training them to rattle off lab results instead of treating them like dramatic dialogue.
“Actors are trained to look at faces when they talk,” Chrichton said. “I said ‘no, no, you’re supposed to look at the injury … because that’s what you’re there for, you’re the doctor.'”
He sounded like a fun guy. :)