Friday, December 30, 2016

Year of the Monkey?

More like year of the Grim Reaper!

Dear 2016,

You suck!  And here's why!  This year we've lost the following people:

Pat Harrington, Jr. (Schneider from One Day At A Time)
David Bowie (musician, actor)

Alan Rickman (pick one Hans Grueber, Snape, shall I go on?)
Dan Haggerty (best known from The Life And Times of Grizzly Adams)
Glenn Frey (musician)
Abe Vigoda (Phil Fish from Barney Miller)
Joe Alaskey (voice actor for Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other Looney Tunes characters)
Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut)
Antonin Scalia (Supreme Court Justice)
George Gaynes (Henry from Punky Brewster or the bewildered commandant from Police Academy)
Boutros Boutros-Ghali (veteran Egyptian diplomat)
Harper Lee (author)
George Kennedy (Ed Hocken from The Naked Gun series, Curley in The Sons of Katie Elder)
Joey Feek (musician)
Pat Conroy (author)
Nancy Reagan (First Lady)
Frank Sinatra, Jr. (musician)
Garry Shandling (actor, comedian)
Patty Duke (Helen Keller in the Miracle Worker)
Erik Bauersfeld (voice of Admiral Ackbar)
Merle Haggard
Doris Roberts (Marie Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond)
Chyna (pro-wrestler)
Prince (musician)
Michelle McNamara (author)
Morley Safer (60 Minutes correspondent)
Muhammad Ali (athlete)
Theresa Saldana (Rachel Scali fromThe Commish)
Ron Lester (Billy Bob from Varsity Blues)
Anton Yelchin (Checkov from Star Trek)
Pat Summit (coach of women's college basketball team TN)
Noel Neill (first actress to play Lois Lane)
Garry Marshall (writer/creator of Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy)
Youree Del Cleomill Harris (better known as Miss Cleo)
Kenny Baker (R2D2)

Fyvush Finkel (Wambaugh on Picket Fences, Harvey Lipschultz on Boston Public)

John McLaughlin (The McLaughlin Group)

Steven Hill (District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order)

Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka, Young Frankenstein, shall I go on?)

Jon Polito (Da Fino on The Big Lebowski, Harold Metzger on Castle)

Greta Zimmer Friedman (nurse in the iconic photo of WWII kiss celebrating the end of the war)
Jose Fernandez (athlete)
Arnold Palmer (golfer)
Janet Reno (Attorney General)
Leonard Cohen (singer-songwriter)
Robert Vaugh (Judge Oren Travis on Magnificent Seven, General Hunt Stockwell on The A-Team)
Florence Henderson (Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch)
Fidel Castro (Cuban dictator)
Ron Glass (Barney Miller & Firefly)
John Glenn (astronaut)
Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives)
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (actress)
George Michael (musician)
Richard Adams (Watership Down author)
Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)
Debbie Reynolds (Singin' In The Rain, Charlotte from Charlotte's Web)

And these are just some of the people we lost.  There's a lot of my childhood in this list.  So know that I really don't like you 2016 and will be happy to see you gone!

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