Saturday, August 7, 2010

"The Death of Richie"


-- by Thomas Thompson
-- click to learn more about Richie.  


Richard Diener, a photo sent by the late Lenny Langone


 



















                                                                             
Lenny Langone, "Brick" in the book:
Richie's best friend. R.I.P. Lenny.







21 comments:

  1. It's a shame I can't read the article anymore. The print is now too small.

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    1. I had the same problem at 1st.Then I waited and double clicked on each clipping and it enlarged it.

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  2. CLICK ON EACH IMAGE OF THE ARTICLE TO ENLARGE IT!

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  3. Now I've found out about true richie may GOD bless
    him and the friend brick It was a sad movie

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  4. Brick had a long life....wasn't he the one to get poor richie hooked? He might still be alive had ha not had such a good friend.

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    1. Don't speak about what you don't know about. A long life? Do you know how the effects of my father's drug use stayed with him EVERY SINGLE DAY OF HIS LIFE. He never stopped loving or missing Richie. The movie is not 100% accurate. I wasn't even allowed to watch it until I got into my 20's because of the way my dad was portrayed.

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    2. And P.S. Richie (RIP) has his own mind as well.

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    3. Hi.I spoke to lenny in emails long ago and I truly liked him,and found no lie in him.he was,to me,a man who not only paid his dues but made some great points about the late g.diener and yea,shooting your son to kill and admitting to it is and was a criminal act far sicker than drug use.downers kill,so do guns .I never knew his son nor do I care about his mental issues,but lenny set it right,he murdered his kid.sorry lenny is gone.I wish I had kept in touch.he had one super daughter.peace,bruce.

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  5. i read this book in highschool and saw the film on tv in the early 80s.i used to live in deer park but moved to florida(had no choice i was only 5 or 6 in 1971).its interesting that all this was happening not to far away from where i lived.as a 1st grader i remember riding the bus and i think now of what was going on with the big kids.a dilemma that still continues today.

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  6. I saw the movie as well way back in the early eighties too.It is now on DVD-though the picture quality could be a little better.Yes it truly was a sad movie-especially when Richie taunts his dad to shoot him.Drugs are nothing but a waste of time and lives-I can't understand why so people get too involved with them!

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    1. It's called an addiction. And no you couldn't possibly understand unless you had the disease yourself.

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  7. Ah, glad to see the school picture of Richie. Lenny had emailed me a copy but my hard drive got erased, and then he passed away, so I didn't think I'd ever see it again.

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  8. Don't Blame George and Carol Diener for the bad choices Richie made and his so called friend. Unless your a parent watching what drugs are doing to your child, your family and you, you will never understand that day and what went on in that house at that moment. A home is supposed to be a safe haven for the family that lives in it. Do you have any idea what fear day after day can do to people? How they worry when their loved one is out and wondering will they come home then when they are home wondering what they may do to you? As I said when I started to write Bad Choices! Richie's actions destroyed that family in the end... By the way Yes I did Know Carol, George, Richie and Russell our families were friends for ever.

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    1. And the movie itself was another Reefer Madness; I mean, you don't turn into an addict from one puff on a joint.

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  9. Murder never solves drug issues; for someone will just take their place. Anyway, the father should have shot the dealer, not his own kid. Robbie Benson played the title role, and believe me, the real Richie doesn't look that handsome, like that matters. (So why mention it then)? I just noticed how hollywood exagerates. Films like that are basically horror movies without blood and monsters. The only monster was the addiction.j

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    1. The real Richie, with the right hairstyle and a full beard, would have resembled Ringo Starr, who was also Richard.

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  10. Richie seemed like an asshole and "Brick" a bigger asshole. Basically, drugs are for Assholes.

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    1. Don't speak about what you don't know about, you ignorant fool.

      Sincerely, Lenny Aka Brick's daughter

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  11. I don't know why people insist on using the word "murder"! This was NOT murder people, it was self defense against an out of control drug addict and as horrific as it had to be for that father to shoot his own child, he was protecting himself and the rest of his family. Had he not, there may have been 4 caskets instead of 1.

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    1. We're you There, yeah no you weren't so stfu.

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  12. Know what else? The movie didn't even stick to the original location or time period. He was suddenly Richard Werner instead of Diener and suddenly lived in LA instead of LI in the mid '70s instead of the late '60s-early '70s.

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