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RIP Joey Bishop

The last of the original Rat Pack passed away yesterday, at the age of 89. Hammer another nail into the coffin of pre-hippie sixties cool, now only remembered in tribute acts and strained journalistic references to current flashes in the entertainment pan. And “Mad Men”, I guess, though I haven’t watched it yet.

What a year it’s been. Is there anyone left alive who sat on Johnny Carson’s couch when “The Tonight Show” was still based in NYC?

UPDATE: For an interesting historical perspective on the Rat Pack, and a clip from The Joey Bishop Show, check out this link to Crooks & Liars.

4 Responses to “RIP Joey Bishop”

  1. communicatrix Says:

    All this death.

    I mean, there’s always been all this death, but it used to be something my grandparents shook their heads over while reading the obituaries.

    It sucks to be an upperclassman. I’m really not looking forward to senior year…

  2. jfg Says:

    So many of our fellow Americans think death is just optional.

  3. stu Says:

    Well, there’s still Ed McMahon. But I guess that doesn’t count.
    Paul McCartney and John Lennon were on the Tonight Show in 1968…but that evening, the guest host was…Joe Garagiola.

  4. jfg Says:

    Yeah, but those limeys were about 25 when they were on the show.

    I’m talking about real ENTERTAINERS!


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