I had intended this to be a witty and humourous post. It seems one of my original blogging buddies, Frank over at AFrankAngle, has reached that zenith (or nadir) of WordPress fame – Freshly Pressed! I planned to start the mourning appropriately. (Frank views FP as more albatross than award – just one of the reasons I enjoy him so much.)
But fate had different plans for me.
I heard the story that Jack Klugman had died. Jack Klugman, known to so many of my
generation as the sloppy Oscar Madison in the TV series “The Odd Couple”, the quick-witted coroner in “Quincy, M.E.” (forecasting the rise of such series as CSI), a number of original “Twilight Zone” episodes, numerous stage plays (including “The Odd Couple”, on which the TV series was based), as well as several movies.
If you don’t recognise the name, I recommend you check out Wikipedia. He was a great actor, able to play a wide range of emotion, and with an earnestness that pulled you in, willingly or not. I remember watching him in both “Odd Couple” and “Quincy”, and my absolute favourite scene of his was from “Quincy” when, unwillingly presented with a class of brand-new coroners, he introduces them to a bloated corpse pulled from the, then proceeds with a most cavalier yet gruesome autopsy until every last recruit has passed out – then peering over the table to make sure all were down, and having seen his handiwork, heading off to lunch. No gore, no horrific special effects, just good old-fashioned talent.
Goodbye, Jack. Oddly fitting you should leave us on Christmas Eve. After all, the Magi need a brilliant star to follow, and yours was one of the most brilliant.