Sam Shepard, whose plays about family dysfunction almost invented the Off Broadway segment of the theater, and whose plays include "Buried Child," which won a Pulitzer Prize, and "True West," passed away yesterday at age 73. Shepard was said to be suffering from complications related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- KC's View:
There are a lot of reasons to remember Sam Shepard, but for me, it always will be his turn as Chuck Yeager in the film The Right Stuff. It is one of my favorite movies, and Shepard perfectly captured the essence of a classic test pilot who found himself out of synch with a space program that did not value his core values.