Today is an extremely important day in the Argh Universe because it’s Wear the Lilac and Carry Your Towel Day. And this year is especially poignant because we lost the guy who wrote the lilacs, Terry Pratchett, and the guy who voiced the robot who worked for the people who carried the towels, Alan Rickman.
Towel Day is held in honor of Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy. We lost Adams fourteen years ago (that doesn’t seem possible), but his work will never die, especially Marvin the gloomy robot as voiced by late and much-loved Alan Rickman:
Wear the Lilac Day comes from the Discworld Books, but it became an informal part of the fight against Alzheimer’s when its creator, Terry Pratchett, was diagnosed with the disease in 2007. We lost him this past year, but it’s a small comfort that he met Death on his own terms, as described in Pratchett’s Twitter feed which announced his end:
Carry your towel (thank you, Douglas Adams), wear the lilac (thank you, Terry Pratchett), and try not to weep (although Marvin would, thank you, Alan Rickman). They may be gone, but as Pratchett said in Reaper Man, “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…”
They’re gonna live forever.