Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Famous Mr. Ed

As I'm sure you've all heard by now, Ed McMahon passed away yesterday.

I try not to dwell on celebrity deaths too much, but I guess this is one that deserves to be mentioned.

I was only a casual Tonight Show viewer, and never thought I had any strong feelings - good or bad - about McMahon. Yet, when I first heard this news, I felt sad. I even got a bit misty when I read this article in USA Today. I'm not really sure why.

Maybe it's because he was stricken with bone cancer - and I feel sad for anyone who has to go through that kind of suffering.

Maybe it's because I never missed an episode of Star Search back in its heyday.

Maybe it's because he was America's sidekick.

Maybe it's because of that awesome laugh.

Maybe it's because every time we lose an entertainment icon, we seem to gain 5 celebutards.

Maybe it's because he was so ingrained in the fabric of pop culture that his absence is much more noticeable than his presence.

Or maybe it's just because he seemed like a good guy. It's always sad to lose one of those.


Gifted Typist said...

All those things and he represents a bygone era and we always convince ourselves that life was simpler back then, even though it wasn't

Cora said...

I know exactly what you mean. :-(

SkylersDad said...

I saw something interesting on TV this morning about him. They interviewed Joan Rivers, and she said that when she left her "permanent replacement" gig on the Tonight Show for her own show, Carson was furious and didn't want anyone to speak to her. She said Ed always came up to her in a restaurant to ask how she was doing anyway. He seems like a good guy.

Gwen said...

His humility made him great.

Char said...

He also seemed to be a kind and generous man. He will be missed by many.

You're right about the celebutards!

dguzman said...

And he gave away millions to many lucky winners!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

He always wore underwear when getting out of cabs.

red said...

RIP big guy!

Travis said...

Mr McMahon was part of my world for a lot of years as co-host of the MDA Telethon. I'll miss him.


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