My heart was so heavy when I heard that Marvin Hamlisch had passed away at only 68 years old. What an incredible talent and amazing man that I was lucky enough to have met this past year because of my equally amazing mother, Patti Payne. Interviewing him for her column in the PSBJ, she invited my son (her grandson), Jacob and I to join her backstage as he rested during a break. He was gentle, inspiring, loving, softspoken and very Jewish, which we all appreciated. The world was a more magical place because of your presence!