Hot on the heels of the passage of Don Knotts comes news that Darren McGavin has died. McGavin’s Kolchak scared the piss out of me when I was young, mostly because he played the part like he was having the piss scared out of him, too. And, of course, the title of this post is from one of the best Christmas movies ever.
Knotts was a funny guy for a lot of years, not just as Barney Fife, but as Mr. Furley on Three’s Company and a bazillion character voices in cartoons. He was the nerd’s nerd way before the word ‘nerd’ was invented.
Yes, they lived long, productive lives (both were over 80) and blah, blah, blah, but this isn’t about them. It’s about me! Every time one of these guys dies, like Curt Gowdy, or retires, like Christopher Glenn, it reminds me that I’m getting old.
Enough of this getting old crap. It’s time to nip it. In the bud.