Sam Simon, Co-creator of The Simpsons, Memorable Leader
I was very sad yesterday when I read that Sam Simon, Co-creator of The Simpsons, had died. Aged 59. I knew it was coming but still…
He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 and was told he only had 3 to 6 months to live. This is a very painful disease and Sam was in a lot of pain especially at the end. Yet he found time to help animals. Sam decided to leave most of his wealth to charity especially to help animals because he said animals cannot speak for themselves (they have no voice) and they need us (humans) to help them.
After being diagnosed with colon cancer, Simon started buying zoos and circuses to free animals.
Simon received the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award for his humanitarian work.
Towards the end, Sam Simon even called cancer an AMAZING EXPERIENCE because he found himself surrounded by people who loved him and he was able to help animals and children. Not many people can laugh at cancer the way Sam did. PETA called him their funny man! I was very touched to read & watch the many tributes to Sam on Facebook.
I believed that Sam Simon fought cancer in his own way to get more time to finish the work he wanted to do before he died. Saving animals. Saving children. 3 to 6 months is not a lot of time, yet he lasted two years. Maybe God saw what he wanted to do and gave him more time.
Do you have a Magnificent Obsession like Sam when he learnt that he was dying? When someone has cancer, it can quickly clarify what’s really important!
Sam Simon Foundation
Many charities have benefited from his generosity like Mercy for Animals, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, PETA, Save The Children and many more. He set up “Sam Simon Foundation” to distribute the $100 million to worthy causes.
With Sam Simon’s passing, they mourn the loss of a great friend and supporter. They don’t care about the money. It will be very hard to find anyone like Sam Simon again who had such a big heart for animals and children.
- Sam Simon was a big supporter of Sea Shepherd and gave millions to them. They named a ship “Sam Simon” which I was able to get on board and tour when it was in Sydney harbour in Aug 2013.
- August 2014 Sam Simon helped PETA to buy a small fur farm in California.
- Sam joked to Reuters that towards the end of his life, he found an expensive hobby of saving animals!
Animals in fur farms suffer terribly as the workers strip the fur off the animals whilst still alive (without any anaesthetic).
Many animals die of the great pain and shock. Those that survive, get stripped of their fur again later when it grows back. There are fur farms in Europe (Ireland, Romania, Norway, Sweden, etc), Canada, USA, China, etc.
The U.N. estimates that 1 BILLION rabbits (yes, Billion) are killed for their fur each year!
The Simpsons have entertained us for 25 years and Sam Simon had a big part in its creation. He used real life emotions and feelings in The Simpson characters, Bart Simpson, Lisa and Homer. There’s something in each character that many people can relate to.
I do hope that they will produce a special show as a tribute to Sam Simon.
Sam Simon was an example of a Memorable Leader who touched many lives with his creativity, courage, compassion, empathy, generosity and humility. This was his Legacy. All the people who worked in the charities with Sam, the animals and the children that he saved.
You don’t have to wait until you have $1million or more to give away to be a Memorable Leader.
Do whatever you can, wherever you are with what you can afford.
If you don’t have a lot of spare cash, you can give of your time and skills. Go with your heart, be authentic about who you are and what you love, use it to inspire others and change lives!
We miss Sam Simon and whenever we watch The Simpsons, it will remind us of him.
RIP Sam Simon. We love you, Thank you.
PS. Olivia Munn Exposes Chinese Fur Farm Cruelty. Please do not buy fur!