Rue McClanahan, best known as one of the Golden Girls TV show, passed away today. In The Golden Girls, she played Blanche, an elderly woman who remained sexually active – endearing her to many older viewers. Here she is in a clip from 1972’s All In the Family:
June 3, 2010
April 13, 2009
This afternoon I learned three icons from my childhood died.
Marilyn Chambers, Harry Kalas, and Mark Fidrych have all very sadly passed away at young ages.
Marilyn Chambers was the first mainstream adult movie star of my awareness. I have never seen any of her movies, but she was on TV, written up in newspapers, and even had a hit disco single (No nudity in this video, but it’s very suggestive). Marilyn Chambers was only 56.
Harry Kalas was the voice of the Phillies as long as I can remember, and had the most memorable voice in Sports. I still get chills when I hear his voice, bringing me back to when Dave Cash and Greg Luzinski were my heroes. Harry Kalas was only 73.
These three icons will be missed by all their adoring fans. My heartfelt condolences go out to their families. Hopefully they will gain some solace realizing the joy their loved ones spread to millions in their shining past.
At least Abe Vigoda and Mason Reese are still with us.
The video for Marilyn Chambers’ Benihana was apparently removed (thanks to Marcy for the alert). I was able to find a replacement clip with the song, but for some odd reason the video refers to serial killers. Perhaps even more disturbing is that I now sing along with Marilyn.
April 14, 2008
United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) poster to bring awareness of the bad water urgency. “Bad water kills more children than war”.
December 27, 2007
A common misconception, or to use its more common name – mainstream news, is that the suicide rate increases during the December holiday month. In fact, studies show that the suicide rate is depressed (no pun intended) during December. The most popular time for people to bring themselves closer to their God, is Spring and Summer.
In the United States, suicides outnumber homicides by approximately a 5-3 ratio, supporting the notion that internalizing ones anger may be harmful to health.
Happy holidays, everyone!