Thursday, September 17, 2009
Those are people who died, died.
Looking at news websites and checking the newspaper, there were a bunch of names I recognized in the obituaries over the past few days, so I went to the New York Times' obituary site to check a more complete list. That list had even more names on it that I didn't need a story to 'splain who they were, so many that it moved me to deface an illustration by William Blake entitled Death's Door with a lolz caption.
The best known name was Patrick Swayze. He was youngest on the list but his illness had been tabloid fodder for several years, so it wasn't such a big surprise.
Other actors in the past few days include Paul Burke from the sixties TV show Twelve O'Clock High and Henry Gibson from Laugh-In. There was also a note mentioning the passing of South African actor Zakes Mokae, who starred in Master Harold... And The Boys.
From the world of music, there was Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Jim Carroll, the punk rock poet, from whom I knicked the title of this post.
And if that wasn't enough in about a three day span, the obituary list also included Jody Powell, advisor to Jimmy Carter, former NCAA president Myles Brand and American tennis great Jack Kramer.
That's a lot of famous folks in so short a time. I'd like to ask whoever is in charge of these sorts of things to knock it off. Give us a day or two to catch our breaths, will ya?
My best wishes to the friends and family of all these people.