On Friday we watched Alex Trebek's final Jeopardy
episode. He died two
months ago, but the fact that there were still new shows helped forestall the
finality of the news. So I was awash once again with sadness when it ended,
especially when it was followed with
. 2020 was a rough year and many people lost actual loved ones,
so it seems a little superficial to morn the deaths of celebrities one hasn't
met, so I don't mean to overstate the impact of this. But that said, over the
year Alex was one of three of my favorite famous people who passed away (I guess
it's a commentary on modern culture to feel so moved over the deaths of people
you've never met). In addition to Alex, over the year Tom Seaver and Sean Connery
also died, and both have also been giant figures in my life since my youth.
Coincidental to the death of the quintessential James Bond actor was the loss of
two of the most iconic "Bond girls," Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg, who in a
further coincidence were both part of The Avengers
TV series. And while he
wasn't on the same pedestal as the other three, my favorite movie composer Ennio
Morricone also died last year. Death is a part of life, and it's a surefire sign
that one is aging when things like this happen, so there's nothing unnatural
here, but I am very sorry to see all of them go.
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.