So, it's that time of year again...another year winding down, a new one about to begin.
And what can we say about 2016?
In a few short words: IT SUCKED.
IT SUCKED SO HARD.
So many greats have left us this year...
~Abe Vigoda - One of my faves on Barney Miller. I never really watched Fish, but I watched a LOT of Barney Miller reruns. You couldn't help but love the the old curmudgeon.
~Alan Rickman - Most people will know Mr. Rickman as Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, but he will ALWAYS be the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Theives in my mind.
~David Bowie - Most people know Mr. Bowie from Labyrinth (which is how I initially knew of him) or from Ziggy Stardust, but I know him best from his single Let's Dance or his cover duet of Dancin' in the Street with Mick Jagger. My sister was OBSESSED with him.
~Mother Mary Angelica - Founder of EWTN. Even though I'm not really religious, I watched some of her shows while doing my Confirmation studies. She was about the ONLY one on EWTN I liked. She seemed sweet, but stern in her convictions
~Garry Shandling - I loved It's Garry Shandling's Show in the 1980s, although their plotlines were probably too advanced for a child to be watching. I never watched The Larry Sanders Show; Never really appealed to me.
~Nancy Reagan - I am not a Republican by any means, but she was one of my favorite First Ladies. Her 'Just Say No' campaign was a huge boost for the war on drugs. She had style and grace that hadn't been seen since Jackie Kennedy-Onassis. I give her the utmost respect at how she handled 'Ronnie's' Alzheimer's/Dementia and death.
~Prince - One of my favorite musical artists as a child and teenager. A lot of my favorite songs from the late 1980s and early 1990s are by Prince. I think it was at this point that I knew 2016 was going to be a suckfest.
~Chyna - My favorite WWE 'Diva' from the Attitude Era. Along with Lita and Trish Stratus, Chyna was a true trailblazer for women in wrestling/Sports Entertainment, whatever you want to call it. It was a shame she got tangled up with the people she did, and it's sad that she passed when she did, because it seemed like she was FINALLY turning her life around. The way she was treated by the WWE after her death (and the company's REFUSAL to induct her into the Hall of Fame) is one of the MAJOR reasons I started distancing myself from watching.
~Merle Haggard - I honestly thought Mr. Haggard had died in the 1990s. Turns out he didn't, and he was still making music up until his death. My favorite song by him is If We Make it Through December.
~Alan Young - Wilbur on Mister Ed. I loved watching reruns of this on Nick at Nite/TV Land.
~Muhammad Ali - Kind of expected this one, actually, considering his 30+ year battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was one of the true greats.
~Gene Wilder - And this is where I was convinced 2016 was just one big ball of suckitude. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite childhood movies, but he was also HILARIOUS in Blazing Saddles.
~Leonard Cohen - Talented poet, singer and songwriter. His song Hallelujah is how I know him and I love it.
~John Glenn - A HUGE piece of US History left us. He influenced NASA so much with his missions.
~Alan Thicke - Regardless of what he may or may not have done to Tracey Gold on set, he was still a great actor and will be remembered as 'Papa Seaver' to many of us.
~Zsa Zsa Gabor - I spent a long time looking at her Wikipedia page, trying to recall what she was famous for. Turns out, the only thing I personally remember her for was her slapping an LAPD officer. She's been in a lot of films, but I don't recall seeing any of them besides Beverly Hillbillies, and that was a cameo appearance.
~George Michael - Make this the 3rd childhood music icon we lost in 2016. I remember listening to One More Try after my 3rd grade teacher, Miss Smith, told us she was leaving the class to get married and not realizing he really didn't mean a schoolteacher. (C'mon, I was 8 at the time... I didn't understand the meaning of the song) Same with Father Figure; I had NO clue that song was about BDSM... My little 8 year old brain couldn't process the meaning of 'Daddy' beyond 'a male parent of a child.' My 30-something brain was shocked when it realized what his songs were truly about. My favorite song of his is his duet with Elton John, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. I was a huge fan of both men before, but this duet sealed it for me.
~Carrie Fisher - Really? Princess Leia? After hearing she was on the mend, this is the one that just blew me away and convinced me 2016 was just being vindictive.
As of this writing, we have 4 more days of 2016 left... I am so glad we've finally come to the end of the road for it, and it can do what it did to so many people this year.
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