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The House of Representatives pauses to note Gary Coleman's death, and so do we


Gary Coleman died Friday, taking with him -- for those of us of a certain age -- a prime-time childhood memory or two.

Regular readers know this blog has had its fun with Coleman in recent months, as the former child star's legal and career struggles continued -- but we also kept an eye on his health as he struggled there as well. That attention wouldn't have been paid if we didn't have a special place set aside for the guy who embedded the phrase "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis" in our pop culture.

On Friday, Rep. Diane Watson (D-Los Angeles) took time on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to mark Coleman's passing, at age 42 -- and similarly we take time to share that video with you, above. 

No Academy Awards nominations here, no Emmy statuettes -- but in the early 1980s Coleman did rack up a handful of People's Choice Awards, which are decided by fans' votes. He didn't invent a cure for cancer or usher in an era of world peace. But he did entertain us in a uniquely American way. 

So, whatchoo talkin' 'bout this weekend? For a minute or two, perhaps it'll be Gary Coleman. 

Read the "Diff'rent Strokes" star's full obituary here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Video credit: C-SPAN

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whatcha' talkin' 'bout Congress?...har, har

I met Gary Coleman in the late 80's, during the midst of his fame on Different Strokes. We had the same agent. He was a super bright, actually brilliant young man, with an avid interest in history, architecture and math. He struggled with his fame and his health. He was an old soul, trapped in the body of a 12 year old. He loved trains. I will say that his parents, Sue and Willie adored him and it was sad to see that relationship end over disputes over money. After meeting them and observing them, it was hard to believe they would do anything but try to protect their son...who was doing EVERYTHING to try to break away from this doomed child star image. Very sad. I pray for his family and for his parents, who never got the closure I know they wanted so badly.


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