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Ben Cross: A Joyful Tribute



I received the heartbreaking news that one of my favorite actors and a man I was blessed to come to know a bit, Ben Cross, passed away in Vienna at age 72.  Ben famously played British runner Harold Abrahams in the Academy Award-winning film, "Chariots Of Fire," which is one of the most important films of my life for a great many reasons.  When I was still on Facebook Ben and I got to know each other a bit as we shared the same birthday and a love of singing.  When I began a podcast series on "Joy" a couple of years ago Ben graciously agreed to be my first guest.  We continued to email one another a few times a year after I left social media, and always on our birthdays.  It was one of the profound blessings of my life to get to know the man who I was a fan of since age 12, and the absence of his spirit will be deeply felt by a great many.  In celebration of his life and spirit, here is the conversation Ben and I shared about Joy.

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