Gone, but not Forgotten!

What a week! We lose Vince Flynn, James Gandolfini, and Slim Whitman all within a five day span. What’s going on? Is this the old superstition “rule of threes?” You know, bad luck always occurs in groups of three. I’m not superstitious but we did lose three influential individuals, no doubt about it.
I wasn’t a Flynn fan (just as I am not a Clancy fan) merely because I don’t care for “spy” novels. But he was a prodigious author and extremely popular selling millions of books. He was also a prime example of a talented person whom the “real publishing houses” had rejected over and over until he self-published and then they decided that (and I am sure reluctantly) he might make them some money.
James Gandolfini was a jewel among the many pseudo actors currenly on our screens. His portrayal of the mafia boss on “Sopranos” was so real it made you feel you were FBI sitting in a van watching him and his gang. In fact, the whole ensemble for that program was one of the best example s of good casting I’ve ever seen – and I am not a TV fan.
Slim Whitman was instrumental in making Ted Turner’s little Channel 17  a “Super Station.” Slim’s yodeling country style voice was heard almost continually. His commercials for records was the most prolific feature of that TV station. He sold millions of records and made Ted a lot of money.
Three entirely different, but talented people, gone in a week. Now all that is left is for Obama to blame the Republicans for their deaths. That will end a perfect disaster.

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About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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