Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Celebrities Die in Threes

This is a continuation from the last post. After the deaths of David Carradine, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson, my wife told me that two more deaths were coming. I didn't believe it because I always thought the saying was based on our perceptions and had no basis in fact. Then two more celebrities died.

We were in the backyard and I was enjoying a glass of iced tea when I heard over the radio of a another celebrity death. I wasn't paying close attention to the radio, so I first heard the name as pitcher Willie Mays, aged 50. Willie Mays is the legendary outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, not a pitcher and currently 78 years young. I found out later that it was pitchman Billy Mays, the man who did commercials for OxiClean.

On June 27, 2009 Actress and recording star Gale Storm passed away at the age of 87. I had never heard of Gale Storm, she was a television star in the fifties. I found her name to be intriguing, both her first and last name is a synonym for stormy weather. The only other women named Storm that I had ever heard of was Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four.
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And Storm of the X-Men.

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The question is, if celebrities die in threes why is this so?


Michael Skaggs said...

May have something to do with the metaphysical significance of Pi!

Who knows really but good question.

Be well!

Alex Robinson said...

Hi Ed
The Billy Mays reference brings to mind the character from the movie 'Head of State' with Chris Rock becoming the first black president in 2004, I always thought it was rather uncanny with the 'Obalming' that followed in 2008. The president-to-be's name was 'Mays Gilliam'. His brother was played by Bernie Mac who just happened to die last year (he became vice president in the movie too).
I do feel that politics & the movies have merged now - wondered if Michael Jackson 'gave way' to Obama.


Ed said...


I love pie!


I remember that film. "God Bless America, and EVERYPLACE else!"