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  • Rika Powaukee

    December 15, 2020 , 4:13 pm

    This is beautifully done. James was the shape of my heart, calculated and correctly loved. He was so meticulous and his joy was purely infectious. The depth of his spirituality had no bounds and it’s captured here. Thank you all for being the silver lining in this healing process, it reaffirms what a beautiful soul he really was. My tears are selfish, but I know he’s living his best afterlife and for his freedom, I can’t be more happier for him. <3
  • Holly Baird

    December 15, 2020 , 8:24 pm

    James! I miss your smile and laugh. ESP when you were talking smack or giving me, as you always did, the best advice ever. Love you.
  • Diane Driscoll

    December 22, 2020 , 8:21 pm

    Happy Birthday Dear James!

    I think we can all agree 2020 is a bad year. A year of many “shouldn’t haves” and topping that list is we shouldn’t have lost our friend James Monroe, not at 53, not with a heart that big and a mind so beautiful. James was a Giving Tree and the memory of all the times we shared lends us a quiet place of shade to rest. I think about him often these days...especially today, his birthday.

    What can I tell you about James that you don’t already know? I can tell you about the day we voted together in the mid-term elections. About a week before November 6, 2018 James announced to me that he had never voted. What?! This was a man who had enlightened, well research, wholly-argumented opinions on just about everything, right? The biggest opine in our history together was that NASCAR was not actually a sport. One he was fearless in voicing when we worked at yes, NASCAR.

    In his opinion, drivers drove, they weren’t by definition athletes, exceptionally proficient in a form of rigorous exercise (you can hear him, right?) He had a point, but we pointed out the many professional outfielders, out of shape, standing around most of the game, chewing dip. We had a point. To which he replied, “At some point, they run.” That was a typical day at NASCAR. Finding something to argue with James as he loved being the official contrarian and took our constant razzing, because it was such great fun to tease him, in stride. And we got to hear that laugh, that exceptional, delightful laugh. That laugh brought us back again and again.

    Let me go back a little. I met James in 2000 when we both worked for the same boss at Disney. I knew James was a rising star immediately. I caught sight of his brilliance; he was a “shiny penny person” …someone you just wanted to be around, someone you wanted to be your friend. We worked together at Disney and then again at NASCAR. But it was NASCAR where the magic happened. I suppose we both found ourselves working there for the same reason…we would have followed our boss Dick Glover to the ends of the universe. Dick pulled together a great team, and James was his right-hand man. A deep friendship developed among us as we traveled to races together, to NY for Champions Week and to Daytona for the 500 every year. We were the “LA gang.” As much cachet as that afforded us, I’ll never forget the one trip to Daytona where instead of going out and partying, much to the shock of all the executives as they returned to the hotel after their night of carousing, to find us all gathered around the big TV in the lobby watching Lost. That was our show. James loved that show. James dissected each new episode every Friday morning. He had a million theories based on smart guy stuff that most of us can only catch a tiny hold of. He had us captivated with his theories. He loved drama!

    So that brings us back to 2018. How could this man who spent so many hours dissecting Lost, and Battlestar Galactica and anything controversial have never voted? “We’re voting, James,” I told him. “I’ll pick you up in the morning.” He, his mother Mitch and I went to our voting station in Studio City. We stood for two hours, and it was then I first noticed the real toll his illness was taking on him and the determination that man had. I knew he was tired, but this vote was important. We discussed all aspects of the candidates, then he took part for the first time in this aspect of American life. He had a voice, even if he didn’t know for how long and he was going to use it. I'm glad I got that day with him.

    I recently read this quote:
    “Everyone is so afraid of death but the real Sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.”
    - Mevlana Rumi

  • Andrea Nelson Meigs

    January 1, 2021 , 9:11 am

    Just looked at James' website and rewatched the videos, as thinking about James on this eve of the new year of 2021.

    You know that he’d be trying to find a good party right about now!!

    Missing him so much. James, we love you!!

    Thank you for all who contributed and helped to create this website -- to help us remember our handsome and beyond intelligent friend.

    Sending love and good wishes to you all in this new year.

    Counting blessings and being So Honored to call James Monroe one of my 'best of friends'...

    Andrea Nelson Meigs

  • Tammy Renae Greer

    January 30, 2021 , 10:07 pm

    He was one of the most impactful men in my life. Brilliant, fun, and down to earth! Loved him! A breath of fresh air! HE ABSOLUTELY ADORED HIS MOM! I admired him for that alone!!!