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Friday
Jul312015

R.I.P. — I.C.O.N.

Because I will continue to watch and enjoy John Carpenter's They Live for the rest of my life,"Rowdy" Roddy Piper will live on via my television screen and my saddened heart. 

He was truly an icon of the entertainment business. Piper's passing today was like a knife wound to what still remains of my childhood nostalgia. What's funny is that I've been staying up late for the past few nights, watching random things from the past on Roku, and searching for old music videos. I ended up watching Cyndi Lauper's "Goonies R Good Enough" before going to bed last night, with Piper playing the ultimate heel to Cyndi and Captain Lou. When I was getting ready to post my interview with Sam Neill today, I was thinking how great it would be to talk with other John Carpenter alumni; maybe Piper himself if he still enjoyed a drink. Then the news hit today.

Now I'm going to go home tonight, pop in my DVD copy of They Live, and pour myself a drink while I reminisce about the glory days of the Hot Rod and how much I enjoyed watching him work. Rest in peace, Roddy Piper. I'll miss you.

-David Driscoll