Thursday, October 21, 2010
I've really got to stop killing celebrities
Many of you know my Non-Obit posts I occasionally write. If you don't, I have a page setup where you can view past editions. At the end of every one I put up a "non-death" featuring an older star who is still alive. Unfortunately, I noticed a disturbing statistic recently. Celebrities featured are dying.
In fact, two so far. Barbara Billingsly and Art Linkletter both died after shortly being featured in the column. To make things worse, Tom Bosley who shortly ago I used in a Monday game has also passed away.
Now I know what you're thinking, two celebrity deaths hardly makes my column a cursed place. But I would like you to consider the numbers for a moment. Out of 15 posts featuring older celebrities, 3 have died. That's 20 percent! That means if you're an old celebrity and I mention you on this site, you have a 20% chance of dying within a few months.
Yet one celebrity has survived two times being featured in the column. I speak of course of Wilfred Brimley. Not only have I used him twice, but I have also used his image in the review I did of Superman. And now this makes four times. Four times and he survives so far. Is he indestructible or simply skirting the odds?
Only time will tell.
Thus for the rest of the year, we are on Brimley Watch here at The Non-Review. And to all the rest of the celebrities whose names I have invoked, I wish you the best of luck. May the curse not find thee.