Friday, September 18, 2009

RIP x2

* Mary Travers, surely one of the voices most closely associated with my generation, died on Wednesday. What increases the tragedy is that she had had a bone marrow and stem cell transplant that had successfully treated her leukemia - and then she died from a side effect of the chemotherapy.

For those of you old enough to remember the silly weirdness that was The Muppet Show, you may recall one occasional character of a woman with very long, straight, blonde hair who kept flipping her head to toss the hair behind her shoulders. I was always surprised at how many people did not realize that muppet was based on Mary Travers - and therefore also did not realize just how accurate a portrayal the head-flipping was.

* Henry Gibson, another voice, died of cancer a few days ago. He played a lot of different parts in his career - including both comedic and dramatic roles - but I suspect that for many folks about my age, he will always be associated with "A Poem by Henry Gibson."

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