Mom and I would talk about various current events and how interesting and/or ludicrous they would be. One thing that would always come up on conversation is whoever was the most recent famous passing. I think it's mainly because I share the same fascination with the entertainment world that she does so things like a passing of someone famous makes for interesting conversation.
I was checking the CNN website as I do throughout the course of the day and saw the most recent sorrowful news to the entertainment world. Don Knotts would have seemed to lived a pretty full life before he recently passed at 81, but it's still too bad that he's no longer with us. Actually, he's one of those people that fell into the category of "I thought he was already dead?" because he hadn't done anything for so long. Not everyone can be George Burns and still be making appearances until the age of 100 though.
"The Andy Griffith Show" would have been his breakthrough role even though he had already been acting years before that. That was another show that I should have been entirely too young to appreciate, but I did enjoy watching it from time to time. Even for people that may not have liked the show, who could ever forget that immortal whistling theme song that will forever be associated with it?
No, for me, it was "Three's Company" that I'll always remember him for. Norman Fell may have been the first landlord (and it just figures that he would have had to had the name "Stan" on the show) but Don Knotts was the best landlord. He had impeccable comedic timing and there were often times that his outfits alone made the scene. Now one of my favorite shows from my childhood has seen the best roommate and the best landlord head to that big apartment complex in the sky.