Alan Rickman's fame spanned the generations...effortlessly, it seems. Maybe it's his amazing voice, that clear and precise diction, or the true skill he brought to acting made us connect to him more than we imagined. I say that because the gasps, the shock, the outright sadness at his passing Thursday at only 69, was heard around the world (read our full obituary here).

Emma Thompson said, "What I remember most in this moment of painful leave-taking is his humour, intelligence, wisdom and kindness."

And it is that kindness we learned about today on the Y-105 Early Morning Show thanks to my friend Dave Fabry. He had a brief interaction with Alan Rickman during a conference where many different global leaders get together to see if they can help each other. Dave explains it in the podcast, but it was through this conference where he discovered the Alan Rickman behind his acting.

What was he doing to change the world? Listen to the podcast, and you'll have another layer of respect for the man.