Jonathan Winters equals belly-aching laughter ["Jonathan Winters, 1925-2013: 'Beyond funny' genius of improv inspired a generation of comics," News, April 13]. Mixing sensitivity, abruptness and smarts, he was a game changer. He made the world shake with laughter.

Mr. Winters, thank you for the tears you brought to my eyes as I laughed so hard so many times at your funny, funny and beautiful, beautiful mind.

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Now the clouds rain with the tears of your departing. The heavens,  though, are roaring with laughter on your arrival at the pearly gates.

Steven Taub, Melville