Monday, February 21, 2005

Gidget, Gonzo, Go

The FLUBA Committee on the Passing of Cultural Icons notes that cute-as-a-bug's-ear actress Sandra Dee went to that big Moon Doggie in the sky over the week-end.

LOS ANGELES — Actress Sandra Dee, the blond beauty who attracted a large teen audience in the 1960s with films such as "Gidget" and "Tammy and the Doctor" and had a headlined marriage to pop singer Bobby Darin, died yesterday. She was 62.

....She died of complications from kidney disease after nearly two weeks in the hospital, said Steve Blauner, a longtime family friend. Blauner said Ms. Dee had been on dialysis for about four years.

As did Doonsbury's Uncle Duke:

Hunter S. Thompson, the acerbic counterculture writer who popularized a new form of fictionalized journalism in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," fatally shot himself last night at his home, his son said. He was 67.

.... He wrote the 1972 drug-hazed classic, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Besides the 1972 drug-hazed classic about Mr. Thompson's time in Las Vegas, he also wrote "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72." The central character in those wild, sprawling satires was "Dr. Thompson," a snarling, drug- and alcohol-crazed observer and participant.
Mr. Thompson is credited with pioneering "gonzo journalism" — a style in which the writer made himself an essential component of the story.

Which reminds the FLUBA; just what's the big deal about Jeff Gannon, again?

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