"I don’t struggle because I was always the stupidest kid in the class and the idea that I would ever be brilliant was knocked out of me in the third grade. So I’m not sitting around trying to be brilliant, or Shakespeare. I’m just trying to get the work I have in my head down on the page in the best way I possibly know how without putting that horrible pressure on myself of saying 'I’m going to write it today and in 200 years at Princeton they will be studying these words.' Yeah, I want my stuff to be as good as I can conceivably make it, but I am not going to put that on my head."His Legacy:
"I just don’t take myself that seriously. For me, all of those kinds of things tend to make you different than the person I am. I think when you start worrying about legacies, and how you are going to be remembered, it’s all about pretension, it’s all about how will they kneel at my altar when I’m gone. Who cares? That’s the way I look at it.
...you can’t force a legacy anyway, no matter how hard you try. If they don’t want to remember you, they won’t."(Both quotes are from an interview with the Archive of American Televison)
In all his interviews, he was….happy. Happy to talk about what worked, what didn't, his creative process, his history. He was a generous man to share all of that with as many people as he did, and I can think of no more fitting end than this: a good-bye from the people at Castle. Not only did he create the model for a character like Rick Castle, he guest starred on the show a couple of times, and was responsible for one of the producer's big break on The A-Team 25 years ago. (Read the fun story at the Entertainment Weekly Popwatch blog).
Finally, one of my personal favorites--a montage of all his sign-offs: