Monday, May 31, 2010

Thoughts on Retro TV Week

Showing my (relatively) young age reminded me of the death of Gary Coleman (Arnold Jackson of "Diff'rent Strokes," 1978-86) at 42 and the tragedy of the young stars of that show; the other adopted brother, Todd Bridges (Willis Jackson), has faced criminal charges but is the last surviving member left. Dana Plato (Kimberly Drummond, daughter of their guardian Phillip) died of a drug overdose in 1999, and her son committed suicide earlier this month. It seems the only "safe" star was the guardian of the boys, Phillip Drummond, Conrad Bain, now a widow after his wife of 54 years died last year.

1 comment:

  1. Bain was a longtime jazz musician, popular in Fifties & Sixties. No doubt he had his own bouts with drugs & alcohol and got it out of his system. At the very least, he was familiar with the damage they can do.


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