Archive for the ‘obituary’ Category

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Hoping her demons are finally quiet. Here’s my favorite Whitney song of all time.


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Farewell, Leslie Nielsen

A fond farewell and R.I.P. to the man who made a mess in the Naked Gun movies, wished us well in Airplane, and most importantly – married Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls.

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I speak jive!

Farewell to Barbara Billingsley – who will always be known as the jive interpreter.

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For the sass, for the sex, for the Southern quips – farewell, dear Blanche.  Golden Girls, forever.

And lest we not forget her times on Maude.

Peace out, Rue!

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Farewell to Patrick Swayze

He will certainly be missed.  Whether you remember him most for shaking his thing in Dirty Dancing,

Dirty Dancing Patrick Swayze

feeling up Demi Moore in Ghost,

Ghost Patrick Swayze

bringing back big hats in To Wong Foo,

To Wong Foo Patrick Swayze

or helping us forget how bad Keanu is as an actor in Point Break,

Farewell to Patrick Swayze

he was a fine man.  I remember going to the Mountain Lake Resort where they filmed much of Dirty Dancing on location.  It was like a pilgrimage.

Fare thee well, sweet Swayze.

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Ciao, Mrs. Slocombe

This won’t mean as much to many of you, but to me – this is tragic news.

I’m sad to report the passing of Mollie Sugden, who played the beloved Mrs. Slocombe on the Britcom Are You Being Served? It’s one of my favorites, and I’ve seen every episode on PBS many times over. Some would rightfully argue that Sugden was the star – when she made those unintended double-entendres about her cat…it was seriously funny stuff. Almost as funny as the various colors her hair sported each episode – everything from magenta to electric blue.

R.I.P. Mollie Sugden

A fond farewell to a great dame.

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Billie Jean Michael Jackson

Yes, there was controversy.  Yes, there was the ever-changing skin tone.  But ultimately there was the music.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller album was without question the most influential album in my childhood.  Many, many summer afternoons were spent in our negihbor’s basement, dancing like mad to songs like “Billie Jean,” “PYT” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.”  It’s non-stop genius, and for that alone he will be missed.

I pondered various ways to do a tribute, but I think I’ll just let the King of Pop speak for himself.  Here it is – my favorite MJ song ever.  Take it away, Michael.

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