"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The Statue of Liberty (P.S. Please be so kind as to enter through the proper channels and in an orderly fashion)

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Farewell, And Thank You.

Top: Actor Don Knotts, 7/21/24 – 2/24/06
Bottom: Actor Darren Mcgavin, 5/7/22 - 2/25/06


Blogger Kelly said...

Just a week or two ago we sat and watched the Apple Dumpling Gang Rides again...Don Knotts and Tim Conway....

We laugh every time we see it.

6:27 PM  
Blogger John said...

Yeah, Knotts and Conway made for good family fare in the 1970's.

And *The Andy Griffith Show* was one the very few television shows to exeunt at #1-- another being *Seinfeld,* so the passing of Barney Fife to that generation is felt much like the passing away of a beloved character like Kramer--decades from now-- would be felt by the later one.

Knotts belongs to the same college fraternity as I do (different university).

McGavin's 1970's series *Kolchak, The Night Stalker* preceded the "X-Files" by over two decades, and appears to have been--thematically--the intellectual ancestor of that series (Kolchak was a modern-day, hard-boiled dick who was able to solve mysteries only when he accepted--then explored--the possibility that the involvement of debunked monsters and concepts of folklore, superstitions, and science fiction were considered).

Of course, he achieved popular--and eternal-- icon status as Ralphie's father in the holiday classic *A Christmas Story."

2:13 AM  

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