Actor Harry Morgan, passed away today at the age of 96.
Morgan was best known for his role as Sherman T. Potter on the looooong running tv show, M*A*S*H*. Morgan also gained fame as anally retentive LA Police Detective, Bill Gannon on Dragnet.
Today's Theme Song Thursday is in honor of Harry. My apologies in advance for the suck-ass theme song below. I tried to find one from M*A*S*H* but apparently copyright issues prevent them from being posted on YouTube. And Harry doesn't appear in the Dragnet theme. SO, you lucky dogs get to enjoy a little AfterMASH, where all the minor characters from M*A*S*H* went to kill their careers.
I honestly don't even remember this show and considering it only aired from 83-84, the peak of my "no life" years, chances are good that whenever it was on I was at home watching teevee with my parents. That is after I completed my shift at Skipolini's.
My throat surgery, previously scheduled for today, was cancelled and rescheduled for January 9.
I've had a cold, which included chest congestion and the expelling of a lot of lung butter. Apparently, for health and safety reasons but more likely because increased exposure to medical malpractice law suits should something go wonky and they accidentally croak me, Kaiser will not put me under if I'm sick.
SO - no surgery today. You can all breath a collective sigh of relief and pocket those good vibes until next month.
So it's been a long time since I've done a celebrity death, but this guy was such an iconic character in Deliverance that I felt it necessary to post.
What does that say about me, that I'll ignore the passing of a Steve Jobs but I'll include one about a backwards, backwoods pig-fucker? Don't answer that.
Anyway, McKinney made his television debut on The Monkees, believe it or not, but of course he's best remembered for his role as the "mountain man" in 1972's white water yukfest, Deliverance.
In his autobiograpy, Deliverance star, Burt Reynolds said of McKinney, "I thought he was a little bent. I used to get up at five in the morning and see him running nude through the golf course while the sprinklers watered the grass..." He went on to say that McKinney got so caught-up in the sodomy scene that he was ready to bugger Ned Beatty for real. "He always played sickos, but he played them well. With my dark sense of humor, I was kind of amused by him ... McKinney turned out to be a pretty good guy who just took the method way too far"
Me: What ever happened to DeBarge? Wasn't he married to Janet Jackson?
Ed: That's a really sad story. He really loved her.
Ed: It was her family. They were afraid he was going to drag down her career.
Me: Hmmmm….*more crickets* Yea, well I guess a DeBarge can do that to you.
Things I did not know.
There was more than one "DeBarge." There was Mark, James, Randy, Eldra and their sister, Bunny
Eldra became "El" DeBarge, which I thought was the name of the group itself.
It was James who married Janet Jackson, not "DeBarge." Had DeBarge married her they would have had to create a bonking rotation schedule. And where would Bunny have fit into the picture? On Janet's face I guess.