Goodbye to wonderful actor Darren McGavin: star of The Outsider, Kolchak the Night Stalker, and (of course!) Christmas Story...who also got a brief curtain call in several episodes of X-Files. I just loved this guy in all of the above, from the underappreciated detective show Outsider forward. :D
And goodbye, too, to Don Knotts -- a very nice man, as well as delightful foil to Andy of Mayberry. (I know about the very nice man part because I once dated his daughter Karen, a thousand years ago; she was the one who told me it was okay for a boy (i.e. me) to cry at Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet. (Hey, I was fourteen!) Garsh, she were boo-ful. Where was I?) (Stay tuned for future AJ appreciations of stars-of-the-seventies' daughters! Next up: Peter Graves's daughter, Clau -- uhh, never mind.)
More seriously, I'll try not to make this the all-obits page, however old I'm feeling these days. Shoot, maybe I oughtta start writing appreciations of Seventies folks while they're still alive, even if they'll never see 'em....
93 93/93 -- AJ
P.S. This is an AJ-reminisces post. Had AJ attended South High in Torrance, as he almost did, he would doubtless be going on about auto-parts-dealers' daughters. By no virtue of his own, but thanks entirely to his hardworking, self-sacrificing secretary mother, AJ happened to attend Revere and Pali, which is where (in those pre-private school days) film folks sent their kids.
I used to suppress this sort of post, fearing it would seem snooty. I am old enough now not to give a rat's nether whiskers. You choose to read an AJ-nostalgifies post, you gets what you gets, dagnabbit. :/