Hard to keep up with deaths of famous people

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Column by Jim Clark

By Jim Clark

The death notice box has been busy the past couple of weeks, in fact, so busy that it's hard to keep up.

Ed McMahon, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Gale Storm, Karl Malden, Billy Mays, Steve McNair, Robert McNamara – those are some of the big names who left us during the past couple of weeks.

They say the deaths of famous people come in threes. If that's the case, we have far exceeded our quota.

Michael Jackson, Billy Mays and Steve McNair are all pretty well known to the younger generations. Jackson needs no explanation, Mays was the pitch-man for a number of products on TV, always yelling, “I'm Billy Mays for” and then naming the product. McNair was the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans until a couple of years ago and played in a Super Bowl. He was, as the words to These Boots are Made for Walkin' go, a-messin' where he shouldn't have been a-messin,' and it cost him his life.

But I find myself thinking about some of the others. Gale Storm was probably the least known, but she had a couple of TV shows in the early days, one named after her and the other called My Little Margie.

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