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.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Video credit: C-SPAN
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