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Push Me Off The Edge So I Can Learn To Fly

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“Push Me Off The Edge So I Can Learn To Fly” – Imero Fiorentino

This is a dedication to a very special soul who passed away recently. Who has shuffled off the mortal coil. This man, this light literally and metaphorically made the world a brighter place, and for his existence I am eternally grateful; without him I would not be the man I am today, living my dream doing what I love.

Imero Fiorentino, Lighting pioneer who Mastered the art of Balance (his favorite and most important word) as he would always tell me, Died at 85.

He shattered grounds and built smooth roads in television lighting, lighting both the Republican and Democrat National Conventions for many years, being summoned to light and “save” Richard Nixon after his first debate with John F. Kennedy, lighting the first Ali-Frazier heavyweight fight, lit Ray Charles, lit the Bolshoi Ballet and recalls them getting a 25 minute standing ovation, lit EPCOT Center (all the countries in the world) at Walt Disney World.

Those things were cool, but to me he was so much more an expression of how one should dedicate themselves to what they love. The circumstances to which I first met him are unknown, odd, and by no way coincidence, out of 7billion people I was blessed to sit with him as he guided me to what my heart really wanted. I was at pivotal point in my life, do what I love, pursue being an actor or be “smart” get a normal job; all of a sudden it was four hours later, I was in tears, and so awake to my purpose, that I could do nothing else, that if I turned back on my souls desires I would forever suffer.

Since then we stayed in touch, anytime I was in New York he had me over for lunch, dinner, and when I thought I knew, i never really knew, this man was enlightened, this man was magic, and I (as many would agree) am so blessed to have shared space and time with him. He met girlfriends, he had opinions about them, he made me laugh all the time, and when I was once about to run away, walk away to something that seemed good – he shined a light – showed me the difference between glitter and gold and kept me on path. Forever grateful.

My favorite things:

The note he carried in his wallet for close to 50 years saying he had met the women he would marry when he met her, she is an incredible woman. I wasn’t the only he mentored, there wore hundreds, even if for a second you were touched by his light.

I speak on behalf of a blessed community. Thank you for all of you. For never hiding, for standing out in the light so we could all learn and see ourselves a little better.

A beautiful devotion from the New York Times

How he’d like to be remembered:

Peace and Blessings

Christopher Rivas

About the author

I’m Christopher Rivas and I’m the founder of LifestyleDezine. I’m an artist, actor, championship storyteller, and I have a real cute kitty named Chance.

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6 Responses to “Push Me Off The Edge So I Can Learn To Fly”

  1. Angela Fiorentino

    Dear Christopher,
    You just made me cry, but I forgive you. What a beautiful piece you wrote. Immie would have been very touched. I am starting to make a scrapbook for his grandson including all the wonderful things that have been said about him, and your essay will have pride of place in it. Thank you, dear Christopher.
    With love,
    Angela

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  2. Leil Lowndes

    Christopher, your allusion to Immie’s favorite word, “balance” is so perfect. I hadn’t thought of it in this way but, yes, balance in his brilliant lighting and balance in his life are just two of the things that make him an inspiration in the lives of so many.

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  3. Leil Lowndes

    Christopher, your allusion to “balance” is so perfect. Just one of the reasons so many people revere him is not only the balance in his phenomenal lighting, but balance in his life. Thank-you for reminding us of Immie’s favorite word.

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  4. Leil Lowndes

    Christopher, your allusion to “balance” is so perfect. Just one of the reasons so many people revere him is not only the balance in his phenomenal lighting, but balance in his life. Thank-you for reminding us of Immie’s favorite word.

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