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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Another reason to say screw 2016…

Yes, I know a calendar year doesn’t kill someone and in her case, there is no question, it was not the years. It was the mileage.

But seeing Carrie Fisher pass is another part of my childhood going by the wayside. I remember her as Princess Leia and like many a teenage over hormone filled kid, I wanted to be Luke (later on I could relate to Han, and as I’ve passed 50, I can understand Darth a bit more…) and to save the princess. Even after we found out the it was incest…Mom, just this one time! :<) A few memories of her. Like me, she is a dog lover and I just found out her dog Gary has his Twitter feed:
Here she is as George Lucas is given his Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Film Institute. The way she makes fun of her own issues is classic:

Not to be outdone, she used the same self deprecating humor when she roasted Harrison Ford at his Lifetime Achievement Award.

I’ve used her opening line for more than one presentation, “Hi, I’m Mike Thiac, and I’m an alcoholic…” Breaks the ice well.

Carrie Fisher said by the time she was 20 she was part of the biggest movie in a generation and by the time she was 26 she was a Hollywood has been, and the fall was epic. Narcotics and other items, a life that was covered in her semi-autobiographical book Postcards from the Edge. She returned as strong as ever in The Force Awakens and she did finish filming for the next movie. I guess we will have to see if they will kill her off or bring her back to life like Grand Moff Tarkin. But at least the people of New Orleans assembled a parade for her already.

One of the classic lines of Def Leppard's Rock of Ages, "...Yeah, it's better to burn out, Yeah, than fade away..." Unfortunately a life that burned out too fast, but she will not be forgotten. As John Wayne put it so well, "It's not how you're buried. It's how you're remembered".

UPDATE: Not another:

William Christopher, Father Mulcahy on 'MASH,' dies at 84

William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as Father John Mulcahy on the hit TV show "M*A*S*H," died on Saturday, his family confirmed to Eyewitness News...

...He was 84.

...The actor played the role of Father John Mulcahy on "M*A*S*H" from 1972 to 1983 and in the follow-up series "After M*A*S*H*" from 1983 to 1985.

He also had parts in the movies "The Fortune Cookie," "With Six You Get Eggroll," and the TV show "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C...."

...William Christopher leaves behind his wife Barbara and his sons John and Ned.

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