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A sign of our times
When I think of John Ritter, I think of a 70's-80's TV show. Not much else really, even though I did watch Hooperman and made a minor effort to watch that BIG RED DOG show and his latest sitcom.

The sign I refer to is the outpouring of love for him that I *NeVeR* heard while he was alive. HONESTLY how many of you ever put "Three's company" down as a "favorite TV show" How many of you would have nominated him for an Oscar.

So why do we feel so much loss. My guess is, that for many of us he as much symbolized the common friend we found even at our weakest times, though television. To many of us, he was the brother, the friend, the cousin we never had. Being more or less an only child, (my sister is 20 years my SENIOR), I feel I can say that.

My guess is that we are all going to feel the same loss when eventualy Dick Van Dyke dies. I still watch Dick Van Dyke show reruns, although not regularly. I mean if I am flipping and see that I will definately stop flipping.

If we should have any regrets, it should be that we did not reward him more when he was alive. Over the years many actors I consider significant to my life have died, never having received the recognition I may have felt they deserved in television. Bob Crane, Jim Backus even they had more roles in actual movies, not prominent movies. John Ritter is an extreme example because he was primarily a TV actor at a time when TV actors were rarely rewarded financially or in terms of recognition with any level of significance.

We can all share the regret that perhaps we did not reward him enough and maybe we can make up for this in some way by rewarding other TV actors who are still alive. Believe it or not, Gilligan (Bob Denver) is still alive, but at age 68 I fear time may be running out to reward an actor who has played many roles but probably recieved very little financial or other recognition.

Please see this URL if you want to know more about Bob Denver:

Last year I had the opportunity to meet Jamie Farr (klinger) in person. I couldn't honestly tell him he was my favorite character on MASH, he wasn't. However I could have told him how large a part of my youth I view MASH to have been, and even then I failed. Argh.


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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: September 13th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
*half smile* There's always fan mail. And I'm sure that Jamie Farr isn't personally devastated for lack of knowing his impact on you.

This was a really sweet post. I think you're right about John Ritter -- we all kinda expected him to remain on the radar for some while longer than this. And his young self is still around in reruns.

fixx From: fixx Date: September 13th, 2003 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course it is a really sweet post, I'm a really sweet guy! But I though you knew that?

Oh I don't know about that. Jamie Farr was looking REALLY depressed when I saw him. The highlight of his day was when I dragged Cate up to his table where she reminded him he used to play golf with her (now deceased) Grandpa.

He brightened up even more after discovering Cate's mom was in Egypt, which is only significant because Jamie Farr, like his character Klinger, is in fact of Lebanese descent.
From: taraketola Date: September 16th, 2003 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow. when i think john ritter, i think gay sex is hot
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