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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Requiem David Carradine

David Carradine was found dead in his hotel room Thailand today, where he was working on a film. I thought I need to write something before any possibly sad or gruesome details of his death leak out.

Why do I care about this guy? Two Words, "Kung Foo". Three words,"Kung Foo, dammit"!

For me David Carradine and "Kung Foo" are inseparable. The show started on the toob when I was an pre-teen and early teenager. What 12 year old boy would be able to resist this?

Just the opening credits had more cool and deep stuff than any hour-long TV show today. Pseudo-philosophy, snatch-the-pebble, throwing stars, fighting with sticks, deflecting spears and cool dragon scars.

"Grasshopper" gave us something that a world dominated by Nixon and carpet bombing just couldn't give us.

All this wrapped up in a western full of bad guys. This was every kid's favorite show. If you were a kd, everybody really was kung fu fighting.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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