"Blessed is the lonesome pioneer." -- Judee Sill (1973, "There's a Rugged Road")
I know he was elderly and lived a long life, but Larry Hagman made me tear up. I could not stop crying during his tribute episode of Dallas. I remember watching Dallas as a little kid, and than to have it start up again so close to his death was very emotional. He was such a great actor.
John Lennon, still does. I haven't been able to play his last album since his death.
Princess Di, Steve Irwin, and Tim Russert. A lot of celebrity deaths have saddend me or shocked me but only these three made an impact. Tim Russert especially. I still miss him every Sunday when I watch Meet the Press. I haven't completely understood politics since he passed. I'm not one to get to invested in celebrity lives so I am suprised at myself that I still feel so saddend by his passing.
We're not going to Guam are we?
While I have felt saddened by many of those who left us too soon, the one that affected me the most was John Lennon. I was only 11 and I was introduced to a cruel, violent world upon hearing about his death. Felt like I had lost my innocence/naivete. My mom had gone on her first vacation with my step-dad and so I slept in her bed that night. I kept the radio on and the news came that John Lennon had been shot. I didn't really know much about him or his music, but I learned that night. To this day, I still cannot listen to any of his music without a tear coming to my eye.
Derek Morgan: Garcia? I'll tell you what you are to me. You're my God-given solace. Woman you promise me one thing - whatever happens, don't you ever stop talking to me.
Penelope Garcia: I can't right now 'cause I'm mad at you.
Morgan: I can wait
It is usually the ones who have left you with a strong, lasting personal memory during their lives.
I have no personal memory associated with Lady Diana so while I was sad, I wouldn't say it "really affected" me.
There are others where it's a different story.
"The way to become boring is to say everything." Voltaire
" The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. "
Of all time? Probably Gene Kelly. I grew up dancing and just idolized him.
Recently, it's been Roger Ebert. I've always been a fan, but I'm surprised at how emotional I've been over his passing. I just lost someone very close to me, so maybe there's some emotional spillover Just reading all of the lovely things people who knew him have said about him and just watching over the last few years and how he lived his life....it just brings home what a big loss it was.
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"