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Sunday, March 05, 2006

And Weaver Makes Three


Dennis Weaver, 6/4/1924-2/24/2006

Note: Republicus heard the news of Dennis Weaver's passing the day after he posted his farewell to Don Knotts and Darren Mcgavin in the February 26 post "Thank You, And Farewell," but Republicus made the editorial decision to let it go.

He felt that the posting of two popularly noteworthy deaths in one post followed by yet another would have made the vivacious blog begin to resemble an obituary column and inflict it with a somberness that would create too much drag as your bouyant host strives to lift the spirits of his people and dispel the melancholia of February during wartime (a war that has enough of its own bodycounts to overcome the impersonal anonymity of them).

However, while taking a Sunday morning stroll over to Amy's blog (http://politixnprose.blogspot.com/ ), Republicus was pleasantly surprised to see that the lady also posted a tribute to Mr. Knotts and Mr. McGavin (in her February 27 post "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out").

An apparently left-leaning moderate on the same wavelength as Republicus, you ask?

Well what can you expect?

She was raised by Republicans. ;)

Anyway, in her commentary section, adena said: "You ever notice how famous people die in Threes? I'm just waiting for the 3rd."

And then Random Vixen said: "Dennis Weaver from Gunsmoke just dropped dead. There's the 3rd. "

Yes. And Republicus felt guilty for choosing to stay silent on his passing, and will now give the man his due:

Dennis Weaver was "an actor with a Midwestern twang who played stiff-legged Chester the deputy on 'Gunsmoke' and the cowboy cop hero in 'McCloud.'

He also shared the screen with a 600-pound black bear on 'Gentle Ben' and faced down a murderous big-rig in the early Spielberg movie Duel.

He excelled in high-school drama and athletics, and served in the Navy during World War II.

After the war, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and nearly qualified for the Olympic decathlon.

He later studied at the Actors Studio in New York.

Dennis Weaver died from complications of cancer at his home in Ridgway, in southwestern Colorado.
"

He was 81.

11 Comments:

Blogger the here and after said...

John,
Thanks for the tribute...he did, in life, what he desired and in doing that brought so many of us clean, fun entertainment! We seems to have, of late, lost alot of those that we could count on for just easy, uplifing, family entertainment...I guess we are all getting older (sigh!)
Let me ask you a question....have you spoke of the Alabama's governor decision to boycott Aruba? If you have can you direct me to the post and if not I would like to hear what you think about this particular political decision.
Also, thanks for coming over and praying for my cousin. You might not know this but you were the first "not family" member to comment on my post when I first started blogging. As for my cousin, she came through the operation but the next few days are critical. Will post more when she is out of the woods (and I know she will come through this)! Again, thanks for reading and commenting and hope to hear from you soon.
Trina...colette

7:50 AM  
Blogger John said...

You're welcome, Colette.
I hope your cousin pulls through okay.

I have not spoken about the decision to boycott Aruba.

It may be unnecessary, as the pressure seems to be building to the point where the suspect (as far as Americans are concerned) felt he had to explain himself to Greta Van Susteren on Foxnews (and raising the suspicion levl in the process).

8:49 AM  
Blogger John said...

"Thanks for the tribute...he did, in life, what he desired and in doing that brought so many of us clean, fun entertainment! We seems to have, of late, lost alot of those that we could count on for just easy, uplifing, family entertainment...I guess we are all getting older (sigh!)"

Nah. We ain't old yet!

But yes, television has changed DRAMATICALLY from the days of "McCloud.*

8:53 AM  
Blogger John said...

But ya gotta love Jerry Springer! ;)

9:04 AM  
Blogger amy said...

My apologies for not writing an addendum to my blogpost that did not include Dennis Weaver or the writer Octavia Butler. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging and even the best of intentions doesn't fix the oversight.

And some days, I'm a right-leaning moderate ... you just have to watch and see which persona pops up and posts on the blog on which day. ;)

Thanks for the plug. I appreciate it. And yes, I was raised by Republicans, in the kind of family where the Democrats end up with monikers like "Crazy Uncle Kyle" or "Crazy Cousin Lisa." Though I married into a somewhat liberal family (ok, they just all vote Democratic ... I don't find them to be particularly liberal about anything), I still find myself riding that fence!

11:45 AM  
Blogger John said...

Believe it or not, Amy, I'm registered "Independent," and see eye-to-eye with Libertarians on a lot of things.

"Octavia Butler?"

I don't know Octavia Butler! :O

11:56 AM  
Blogger John said...

"...in the kind of family where the Democrats end up with monikers like 'Crazy Uncle Kyle' or 'Crazy Cousin Lisa.'"

lol

12:02 PM  
Blogger amy said...

Libertarians are my favorite...

1:42 PM  
Blogger the liberal samurai said...

Weaver was awesome in Duel; I'd go so far as to say that without Weaver's performance Spielberg wouldn't have had such a stellar first feature. But to be honest, there is only one McCloud and everyone knows his first name is Connor.

4:28 PM  
Blogger John said...

LS said:

"Weaver was awesome in Duel; I'd go so far as to say that without Weaver's performance Spielberg wouldn't have had such a stellar first feature."

I never saw that...

"But to be honest, there is only one McCloud and everyone knows his first name is Connor."

Saw THAT, *many* times! ^5 (high-five)

8:50 PM  
Blogger John said...

BTW, Weaver--God Bless him--was apparently quite the Lefty (I would've guessed otherwise).

Not only did he campaign for McGovern in 1972...

...but since 1990 he and his wife had lived in an "earthship", a solar-powered house in Colorado built from recycled tires and tin cans!

Gosh, ya think ya know people...

4:13 AM  

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