David “Deacon” Jones died at the age of 74. Jones was a defensive end in the NFL who came up with the term “sack” for tackling the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. It sounds like Jones might have killed a raccoon or two as a child based on his description of a sack.
“You take all the offensive linemen and put them in a burlap bag, and then you take a baseball bat and beat on the bag. You’re sacking them, you’re bagging them. And that’s what you’re doing with a quarterback.”
American writer Norbert Blei has passed away at the age of 78. He wrote 17 books of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and essays. Norbert was born in Chicago and attended Illinois State University which is in Bloomington-Normal. Coincidentally, I was there just the other weekend. While there I authored one of the must delicious cups of self-serve frozen yogurt you could ever imagine. Multiple flavors of frozen yogurt? Check. Ground up thin mints? Check. Cookie dough balls? Check. Reeses Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups? Check and Check. But I digress.
Rest in peace to Mr. Blei, who created some great pieces of art in his day that will live on well beyond his passing, even if it was overshadowed by a masterfully crafted frozen yogurt treat. I definitely should have taken a picture. Damn it.
Allan Arbus was a photography and actor, best known for playing Major Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H. The New York Times described his character by saying, “He treated wounds of the psyche much as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce treated surgery patients: with a never-ending string of zingers.” He’s probably glad he was unable to read that. Rest in peace and rest in steesh.
Bill Moody, better known as Paul Bearer has passed away. No official word on a cause of death but we’ve all been assuming it would be a heart attack since we first saw him in the early 90’s. Rest in Peace Paul. You were a great entertainer and had amazing facial expressions.
My goal was to get a picture of Andy Griffith with a mustache and I ended up with this. It appears that he stayed cleanly shaven his whole life. We don’t have to agree that it is the best look, but he had the right to do so. Then I searched for a picture of Don Knotts with a mustache. I figured his sidekick could stand in for him on this sad day. No go either. I didn’t want to add a mustache to a picture of Andy because it seems rude to do to someone who has just passed away, and I didn’t want to upset his ghost. That made me think of Ghostbusters, and so here we are.
Rest in Peace Andy Griffith. Don’t be a disruptive ghost and you’ll do fine in the afterlife.
RIP Henry Hill, inspiration for Ray Liotta’s character in Goodfellas. Henry passed away yesterday of natural causes. Hill was a Lucchese crime family associate before becoming an FBI informant when faced with possible corn-holing jail-time due to a narcotics charge.