I would be remiss if I didn't make note of a few passings over the last few days.
Actor Richard Dysart, best remembered by certain generations for his work in the 80's series, L. A. Law, passed away a week ago, as did humorist Stan Freberg. This week, we lost singer Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), and comics legend Herb Trimpe, most closely associated during the 70's with The Incredible Hulk. Trimpe had been a regular at comics conventions here in the home district. Tony Isabella offers his personal recollections over at his bloggy thing.
It would be too easy to put up a clip of Sledge and his signature hit. Instead, we'll leave you with one of Stan Freberg's classics. "St. George and the Dragonet", a parody of Dragnet, featuring voice-over legends Daws Butler & June Foray, was recorded on Capitol in 1953. I don't know when this claymation video was released. One YouTube commentator suggested it might've been some early Art Clokey work, well before Gumby or Davey & Goliath.
Freberg got permission from Jack Webb to use the familiar theme song, "Danger Ahead", composed by Walter Schumann. Turned out Webb was a fan of Freberg's work. Freberg also influenced the man who for all intents & purposes would be the heir to his throne, "Weird" Al Yankovic.
Here's "St. George & the Dragonet":
Rest in peace, one and all.