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Gary Coleman passed today. I interviewed him at the Chiller Con in 2008. He signed a few items for me after our interview. Here is a link...

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Comment by Stephen Duncan on May 28, 2010 at 2:40pm
All these kids have had such a trouble past. Especially sad was Donna Plato.
Comment by Josh Board on May 28, 2010 at 8:57pm
Yeah, Stephen. Who would've thought that Todd Bridges, arrested once for shooting a drug dealer and so many other things, would be the last one standing?!!
Hey, I heard Coleman is going to have a short funneral (oh, come it too soon?)

Just a reminder, Coleman was actually a big jerk. I wrote in Autograph in a Trenches column, about being at an Oliver Garden with some friends one Friday night (because...uh, that's how I roll), and he came in with his wife (they weren't married then). And he yelled at the waitress for five minutes, for bringing him a salad with his meal, when he ordered the soup. The dude wouldn't let up.

And, remember, he went to court because he punched a woman (yes, you read that correctly) -- a woman that asked for his autograph. He said in court something like "I wanted to hit her, because I thought that would be enough of a distraction to get away."

Yes, it's always sad when someone dies...especially at 42, and after a brain hemorrhage...but I won't feel guilty if someone tells me "Hey did you hear Gary Coleman died?" And I respond with "Was it a stroke? Or something different?"
Comment by Stephen Duncan on May 28, 2010 at 9:20pm
Sometimes a persons legacy in life is what it is even after their death. Gary Coleman, rest in peace, seemed to be that of a very troubled youth that had a big mouth with an even bigger chip on his shoulder. I agree Josh, he had major attitude issues.
Comment by Janice Knechtel on May 29, 2010 at 5:39am
So Sad. There was so much tragedy on that set of Different Strokes. It almost seems like it was cursed. R.I.P. Gary
Comment by Josh Board on May 29, 2010 at 4:57pm
Not that cursed, Janice. Conrad Bain lives on!!! What is he now, 104?
He's going to out live even Keith Richards!


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