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May 19th, 2004

What passing would sadden you most?

As you probably know, on Monday Tony Randall passed away. So for today’s Ping, I’m going to steal a bit from Ron and Fez. What old celebrities will you be most depressed about when they pass to the next world?

For me: Bea Arthur (because of how much Golden Girls I watched growing up), Carol Spinney (because of his immense contributions to children’s TV as Big Bird), and Jim Perry of Card Sharks fame, especially because I haven’t gotten to talk to him in person yet (though I came close!). I really should include Julia Child (just because she’s one of those cultural icons that’s always been there and you always expect to be there) and Rosa Parks.

Now might also be a good time to remind you of another resource that feels like it’s always been there:

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 8:32:39 am
I admit it, I'm a Trek geek. When Leonard Nimoy or William Shatner die, I'm gonna be a wreck.

FROM: David
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 9:08:19 am
To make it interesting, why not also ask:
What old (or young) celebrities will you be *least* depressed about when they pass to the next world?

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 9:10:59 am
Britney Spears. Mainly because if she dies in the normal course, it'll mean that I'm one hell of an old fogey. My great great grandkids will be like, "Who's Britney Spears?"

On topic, though, Don Knotts by far. Don Knotts is the greatest.

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 9:18:50 am
Least? Oh, Rod Stewart. Except I'm hoping they find XXX horse porn in his house before he dies, so I don't have to listen to endless tributes.

FROM: David
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 10:40:26 am
My only purpose in posing the *least* question was to see how long it would take someone to mention Britney Spears.

02 minutes 40 seconds, thanks to Joseph

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Now that I have completed my experiment, I hand the Ping back over to Ryan and Paul (didn't know you had relinquished it, did you?)

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 11:18:52 am

On the other hand, I'm glad I didn't say Britney Spears.

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 12:39:41 pm
John Ritter's death hit me hard because he looks like my one brother. I know it sounds silly, but it made me realize that we're getting older.

Back in March, one of my former co-workers was murdered up in NY, and it hit me so hard, I collapsed twice from the stress of it. I always thought people faked that in the movies. His passing saddened me the most; he was stalked and murdered by a COP who suspected that he was dating the cop's "girlfriend". This will stay with me 'til the day I die.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 1:04:05 pm
Not to be grammar police, but shouldn't the question be "Whose passing . . . ."

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 3:38:01 pm
When Mister Rogers died, I was really saddened. More than any other celebrity.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 4:05:11 pm
Robert Stack and Charles Bronson in the past few years were big bummers. Other than them I can only really think of Wrestlers that I was a big fan of growing up, and none of them are really up there in age.

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Wednesday May 19, 2004 -- 5:26:54 pm
I'm going to be upset when Neil Young dies. Also the first Joe Millionaire.


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