THE SCENE: Flying jetBlue; watching Match Game; flying out to Maryland from Oakland to go take care of my dad, who has just had major surgery.
My father's prognosis is a really good one. And I hope he will be at my son's Bar Mitzvah. Right now my son's only sixteen months old.
I made a few notes to myself on the flight. "Who was Gene Rayburn, and what was his background?" was one of them. I classsfied this note under, "Things to blog about," as opposed to the "Emails to look for" categorized notes.
As I looked around the innernetz, I found that Charles Nelson Reilly (b. Bronx 1931 - d. L.A., May 25, 2007) just died this year, and Brett Somers just passed away this past September.
Further, as I poked around on the web, I was moved to read that Gene's wife of 56 years Helen died in October 1996, and Gene never recovered from the loss. He died of heart failure on November 11, 1999.
A really sweet tribute (incl. detail above) is located here for those who have wondered, "Who was Gene Rayburn, and what was his background?"