I grew up watching the televised fights of Muhammad Ali. I appreciated his boxing skills and his showmanship.
Only later did I learn more about and appreciate even more the man.
I always knew of the controversy that took his title away, but only as I became more mature did I appreciate how courageous his anti-war stance was at the time he took it.
And only as I followed his post-boxing career could I appreciate how he reached out to the world, seeking to bridge chasms and bring people together.
Ali was only a man and had flaws. But he rose above them like few of us do.
He ennobled us by his life and good works.
And made us all better.
Seriously, how did I not know until today that the great Lance Henriksen was in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind?”
After having seen the movie dozens of times, I watched it on TCM today and was startled to see the favorite from “Aliens” and “Millennium” on screen near the end, in the Devil’s Tower sequence.
He’s even in the credits!
Nice to see you, Lance!
This is the worst. Darwyn Cooke is gone.
The artist and writer, whose work was somehow nostalgic and innovative at the same time, has passed away after a battle with cancer.
Cooke wrote and drew comics and covers for characters like Catwoman and the Spirit, but my favorite of his work was “New Frontier,” his “retelling” of the origin of the Justice League in the 1940s and 1950s.
He was a huge talent and is greatly missed.
Dr. Strange and Baron Mordo.
Joe Santos has finished his tour of duty.
Santos, who died this week at 84, had roles in “The Sopranos” and movies but is best known for his role as Dennis Becker, James Garner’s LAPD buddy on the classic tv series “The Rockford Files.”
Santos was great as the disgruntled but ultimately helpful cop.
We’ll miss you, Joe.
As we wait for “The Walking Dead” to return tonight, I’m wondering …
Are you still watching?
Obviously a lot of people are. It’s a top-rated show. It has a huge social media impact. There’s still a ton of buzz.
But I’m torn about continuing to watch.
As the cast and producers tease how brutal the second half of this season will be, I’m wondering if the show is going anywhere or if it’s more of the same: torture and misery for characters we’ve grown to like.
There’s some suspense, certainly, and I love characters like Carol and Darryl.
But is that enough?
I just don’t know.