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RIP Darren McGavin
trdsf let me know that Darren McGavin has also passed away. I recall many late nights watching TV on the weekends (back when there were four channels total--if you were lucky--in my small town) and having the living crap scared out of me by Kolchak: The Night Stalker. (As an aside, I was kinda happy to see the watered-down new version of that show--trying so desperately to be an X-Files rebirth--die a quick death.)

And I will never forget him in A Christmas Story! That godawful leg lamp has become a cinematic icon, right up there with Lon Chaney being unmasked in The Phantom of the Opera and Janet Leigh in the shower in Psycho.

So that is two celebrity deaths in about 24 hours. I have always heard these come in threes; who's next?

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I liked the new Night Stalker a WHOLE lot... it was probably my favorite new show of the year. :(

Wow...one of these days we will find something on TV we agree about. o(:o)

How do you feel about The Office?

I've seen only one episode; not enough to have an opinion. Everyone tells me I'd love it.

I highly recommend it, especially to anyone who has worked in an office setting. They have the dynamics just right; I find myself laughing and cringing at the same time, sometimes.

So are you a fan of the English version or the American version? The episode of the American version was... funny, but mostly it just made me feel bad, cuz they're all horrible people you wouldn't want anything to do with.

I love both, actually. You are right about the US version; they all seem to be characters out of Vonnegut (who openly admitted he never really wrote likeable characters). The British version is much more racy and real, I think.

Curt Gowdy, for decades the voice of ABC Sports and the Boston Red Sox, passed away last week.

And Hugo and Nebula-winning SF writer Octavia Butler died yesterday... so we might be on a new set of three now.

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