November 30th, 2014



When I was working on a series based upon my research on National Geographic Channel [2010’s Shark Men], a production company brought him on to the scene. For me, it was an obvious ratings grab. I didn’t like it. [Laughs] I was not a fan. But I had no control over it. I’m just a scientist, right. Paul was my roommate on this boat, in a very small room, and I was hard on him. My attitude was, “We don’t need this guy. It’s a distraction to my research. My research is important.” But then Paul impressed me. We had to spend 10-12 days on this boat in a little tiny room, and we became friends. I also got to see firsthand his passion for the ocean. We shared interests in surfing, in fishing, in spearfishing. He would come and go: His schedule was such that it was hard to ever really make him a part of the team, and it probably wasn’t until the second trip when I went, “Okay, this guy’s for real.”

It wasn’t like he just disappeared. He would then continue to email me. He was a big texter. He’d text me all the time, call me because he wanted to do more. He would call me in the middle of the night and say, “Hey, I want to quit acting. I want to go back to school. Can you help me?” And I’d talk him off the ledge and go, “Paul, that’s a really bad idea.” [Laughs] I said, “You can have much more of an influence on these topics as a celebrity. Let’s work together. I can help you, give you talking points.” So we kept in touch over the years, even after we both stopped working on [Shark Men]. He kept calling me: “Hey, let’s do something again. When can I come with you again?”
- Dr. Michael Domeier on working with Paul Walker

For those of you who are newer to this journal, Paul Walker was and continues to be one of my most influential role models, a source of good humor and happiness, an inspiration, and a reminder to be good. To go big but also come home.

A year ago today, I was not the person I have grown and come to be now, in part because of him. I wish he'd had the same chance.