Many of the faces you'll see in this memorial, if you will, are of people I either grew up watching on T.V. or people who touched my life in some way. Here's a clip to refresh your memory on who Don Cornelius was and his contribution in music. He was 72.
Davy Jones of "The Monkees" was one of those actors and singers I never saw with a frown. He always looked happy and seemed to really enjoy life. He was 66.
I literally grew up watching Dick Clark. American Bandstand went on the air in 1952, 6 years before I was born and Dick Clark has always been on T.V. doing one thing or another.
I asked my wife if she remembered Don Grady from "My Three Sons" and she hadn't even watched the show. Don was the oldest son on the show but before that show he was a "Mouseketeer". He was also a musician and songwriter. He was 68.
I don't know where to begin with Ernest Borgnine. I first remember watching him on "Mchale's Navy". He was in so many movies there are too many good ones to mention. He was 95.
Frank Cady was a wonderful Character actor. His most notable work was in The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Petticoat Junction. He was 96.
One of T.V's greatest characters for me was Goober Pyle played by the incomparable George Lindsey. Here's one of my favorite episodes. He was 83.
Jack Klugman's Oscar Madison was better in the T.V. show, in my opinion, than the movie character and Walter Matthau was great in the movie. Jack Klugman also played Dr. Quincy in the T.V. show Quincy M.E. That show was the forerunner to NCIS and all the rest. He was 90.
I don't know where to begin with Marvin Hamlisch. I'm sure you've heard at least one of his songs. He was 68.
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One of the deaths that surprised me this year was Michael Clarke Duncan. He best known movies where "The Green Mile" and "Armageddon". He was the same age as me 54.
I can't imagine being the first man to set foot on the moon, but Neil Armstrong knew what that was like. I was 11 when it happened and my wife wasn't born yet. He was 82.
My generation remembers Richard Dawson from "Hogan's Heroes". Here's a wonderful clip from that show. He was 79.
Another surprising death was Thomas Kinkade. I was mostly surprised because of his age. Again the same age as me 54. All these years I thought he was much older. Here's one of my favorite paintings he did.
You can imagine what I think takes place on a regular basis in that home.
Another big shocker was the death of Whitney Houston. Her hits are too many to list but here's one of my favorites. She was 48.
Fontella Bass sang the song "Rescue Me". For years I thought it was song by Aretha Franklin. She was 72.
I hate to say it but Andy Williams is one of those personalities I thought passed away awhile ago. Andy Williams was credited with discovering "The Osmonds" He was 84.
Many remember Larry Hagman as J.R. on Dallas but for me it's "I dream of Jeanie". You don't know how many times I wanted him to put Jeannie over his lap and give her a good spanking. He was 81.
I had no idea Phyllis Diller was 95. I knew she was still around, alive, but I honestly thought she might be 80 or so.
The Bee Gees where incredible. They produced countless hit songs and not just songs they recorded either. Robin Gibb was 62.
And finally, once again, where do I begin. One of the first comedy Lp's I had way back when was one from Andy Griffith called, "What it was,was football". Man what a funny album. But of course it's from my favorite all time show "The Andy Griffith show" that most everyone remembers. He was 86.