Saturday, March 7, 2009

One Life to Live, Two Deaths to Note


Since I’ve been blogging about time, history, and death lately — and superheroes, which we all know owe part of their appeal to their soap opera qualities, macho propaganda to the contrary notwithstanding — today seems like a fitting time to note that one of my co-workers, Dr. Gilbert Ross, pointed out to me last month that two actors who played a character named Buchanan on One Life to Live had their obituaries in the New York Times on the same day, eighty-three year-old Phil Carey dying of lung cancer and seventy year-old Clint Ritchie after a “brief illness.” Coincidence? Conspiracy? Fodder for our next exciting episode?

Is it time for an aging, semi-retired soap actor to say, “Someone’s knocking off soap actors — I suggest retribution”?

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