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Mr. C passed away
by Steve Joos
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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These are some observations on the passing of some of the actors who appeared in the popular TV shows of the 1950's through the 1970's. I first got the idea while reading the obituary of Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham, or as the Fonz called him, "Mr. C" on "Happy Days") and developed it over the course of a year or so. Over the holidays in 2010-11, I saw a PSA for online Medicare registration featuring the surviving cast members of "The Patty Duke Show" and that, among other things cruystalized this piece. Given the recent death of The Monkees' Davy Jones, I guess this is as good a time as any to post it.

Mr. C passed away the other day.

Oh, he had a real family and a real name

and real friends, but everyone knew him,

even the nerds, as "Mr. C"  each week

in Milwaukee , circa the 1950s.


Like everyone of the

gray and flickering images

of different lives that became

home movies of those no longer here.


Some lived lives close to those

we might live, thought highly idealized.

Some in strange and exotic places,

safely dangerous, surreal places.


Some were jiggling "angels",

empowering little sister,

while distracting dad and big brother.

some we actually, oddly fell in love with.


Mandy Peoples?

She was a doll,

but she'd have to get in line

even if she did get to pet Cleo.

Oh well, she's cruising with Perry White now.


And Peggy's gone.

No! Not Peggy!

Sorry it's so, Joe.

At least she won't get

kidnapped anymore.


Some made us laugh,

some laughed with us,

these bumbling crime-fighters

and shipwrecked beatniks.


I was in Brooklyn Heights one holiday night

and dropped in on the Lanes.

Patty and Richard were still together (how nice!),

Poppo and the rest were well, but where was Mrs. Lane?

Oh, sorry to hear that.









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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/6/2012
Thanks for sharing the memories and your tribute, Steve. Love and peace to you,

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