Five years ago I was in a completely different place in my life. I had just been hired as a parapro in a K-3 building library, but I had a job that was exciting and a bit strange. I worked for a wonderful little company called Those Funny Little People, independently owned and operated for over 30 years now. Every weekend I would squeeze into a puppet suit and perform at birthdays, family reunions, weddings… a multitude of venues.
In 2011 America’s Got Talent called the company and asked if we could try out for their show. After much thought the owners decided to give it a shot. I volunteered to be part of the group that performed thinking that it would be a good experience. Let me say that it was a wild ride of stress and emotion. One thing that I did not count on was the people that I encountered. One such man that stood out among the others was the Kinetic King, or as I knew him: Tim Fort.
I was instantly captivated by Tim’s quirky personality when we met on AGT. Tim’s performance involved a painful, hours long set up of thousands of depressor sticks, plastic cups, a multitude of random objects and “blowing them up” on the stage. I cannot accurately describe it in words so please watch the video above to see his specialty. Over the summer of 2011 we spent a lot of time in L.A. for the show and my group was lucky enough to go out to dinner with him a handful of times. An entertainer on stage and off, Tim was simply himself. A likeable guy who had spent a lifetime enduring many hardships and still was able to smile and pursue his passion which was mixing art and science.
Today I received an email letting me know that he had died on March 15th of multiple strokes at the age of 51. I only knew Tim for a little while but he really showed me how far you could get in life by pursuing your dreams. Miss you Tim. If anyone is inspired by his youtube videos please comment below or find me on Twitter.