John Mahoney had a multitude of roles, but he will forever be known as Martin Crane from the hit show Fraiser. Mahoney died today(2/5) at the age of 77.  Hopefully he and Moose (Eddie above) can enjoy a walk in the park. RIP

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Where did I put the keys to that old

DeLorean.

20 years ago today, the world lost Chris Farley, a funny, funny man. It was sad then and it is sad now, as I sit here and wonder what laughs were missed. 

You can go to IMDB.com and just look at the list of movies that his friends and contemporaries like David Spade,  Adam Sandler, Chris Rock,  Will Ferrell, Norm MacDonald and Rob Schneider  have made since then and picture him in parts of various sizes in most of them. Chuck & Larry would have been exponentially funnier. You can easily picture him in “Joe Dirt”, or with all the guys in “The Longest Yard” The rumored “Ghostbusters” revival with Rock, Sandler and Ben Stiller would have been outstanding and I can’t help but think he and Danny Aykroyd would have slayed it in “Blues Brothers 2000″. His planned “Matt Foley” movie with Spade would have been epic, and I’m sure other movies were ditched all together, but it is easy to picture him in some that were made. 

“Grown Ups” was written in the 90′s with him in mind, and no offense to Kevin James, but he’s not Chris Freaking Farley. Maybe a cameo on “Entourage”, or a member of Sandler’s band or possibly a  rival in “The Wedding Singer’. Hell, I would have loved to have watched him as a fat redneck Nascar Driver opposing Ferrell’s ‘Ricky Bobby’ in “Talladega Nights” that would easily beat Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of a “Frenchman”. He ruined that movie. Tommy Boy 2? Coneheads 2?

Spot appearances on SNL as Rob Ford, the portly Toronto Mayor, maybe even Trump. Could see him as an annoying reporter on “Just Shoot Me”, or as a sex therapist treating Spade in “Rules of Engagement”. So many laughs that will never be had. All of the others that he and that crew would have developed on their own. 

This is just speaking selfishly as a fan of his work, but the memories his friends and family would have had can’t compare. 

RIP Chris. 

Growing up in North Carolina, “The Andy Griffith Show” and Gomer Pyle USMC”, always populated the tv screens in the afternoons in the 70′s 80′s showing reruns from both shows. Jim Nabors played Gomer Pyle on both shows, and he played the role perfectly. He died today 11/30 at the age of 87.  He will be missed.

A curmudgeon is a person who provides the public service of observing all things and interpreting them for others.

Robert D. Raiford

thoughtsthatstray:

It’s hard to say Happy Memorial Day since it is such an eye opener to some.  For so many families it rips the band-aid off of a wound, a lot like a birthday can when it is of someone you have lost.

For those that have served, I thank you. For those that didn’t make it home, may you rest in peace. 

The grave above is from a high school classmate/teammate of my dad’s who didn’t make it back from Vietnam. He went to college out of high school and then enlisted in the Marines. My dad enlisted in the Air Force out of high school, spent  most of his time in Germany/Japan with a brief tour in Vietman, so it make you wonder.  His friend was three months shy of finishing his time.  Just one of many lives that was cut way too short. 

The same can be said for Veteran’s Day

I can’t quite “music” yet, but we have lost another legend. Fats Domino has passed away at 89.

So let’s honor one late legend with a cover from another late legend. Tom Petty covers Fats Domino’s “I’m Walking”

I think the cool kids would call this “Game recognize Game”