Monday, February 27, 2006

Following up

DeDurkheim, who like me fondly remembers the 1970s version of "Night Stalker" memorialized Darren McGavin. I should add that my mother, adores "A Christmas Story" as well (a little too much frankly, [every stinkin' year! ;-)])

I learned something on Roger Ailes about the other well-known individual who passed this weekend, Don Knotts. Any man who gave us advanced warning of the rise of George W. Bush by playing "Barney Fife" already contributed mightily to our culture. But when you add in "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" well that's so much pop culture from one man that he can be more than forgiven for being on "Three's Company". I should add also kudos to the actress, Betty Lynn, who gave us advanced notice of Laura in her portrayal of "Thelma Lou". Besides it wasn't their fault that all the African-Americans were driven out of television's version of North Carolina (foreshadowing Bush's more hands on actions toward with New Orleans).

The story of his death is also rather touching:

Former costar Andy Griffith was at Knotts's bedside when he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as were his third wife, Francie, and his children, Thomas and Karen.

Dammit, that's sweet!

And this is funny.

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