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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, November 29, 2010

And don't call him Shirley

Let's take a serious moment to recall a man who didn't take himself seriously.

Leslie Nielsen made us laugh, whether as the bumbling detective Frank Drebin or as Dr. Rumack, the doctor who eventually convinced Ted Striker to get out there and "win just one for the Zipper."

In a world that is often too full of itself, Nielsen played characters who made us laugh -- at him and ourselves..

Asked why Drebin lasted only four episodes on TV, Nielsen offered an accurate description of our culture:
“It didn’t belong on TV,’’ Mr. Nielsen later said. “It had the kind of humor you had to pay attention to.’
We did. And we will surely miss you.



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