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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-08-09 05:20 PM
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3. Here is what I think is a decent reason
When Paul Lynde died (Was on Bewitched and other shows) and Lucille Ball died I was sad. I had met Paul one time (I also met the Skipper from Gilligan's Island once) but these people meant something to me.

They came into my home via TV - I knew them, my friends knew them, and in some way or other they were a part of our 'family'.

We had something in common because of these famous people. They were, in their own way, a part of our family.

Not role models per se (although their roles in TV might have been) but we spent a lot of time with them, talking about them, laughing about them, and reading stories about them.

Yes, we had a whole life outside of them, but we were familiar with them.

So people care because there is, even if small to others, a connection.

Some of us grew up with these folks (Like Archie Bunker, Mel Brooks, Sports folks like Archie Griffin and Woody Hayes, etc) and they were a part of our life and dreams.

Seeing them pass on, 'fall', etc, has an emotional impact at times.
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  -Why do we care so much about celebrities? Joe the Liberal  Dec-08-09 05:13 PM   #0 
  - I'm right there with ya!  FiveGoodMen   Dec-08-09 05:17 PM   #1 
  - Probably the need to live vicariously through others whose lives are more exciting  elocs   Dec-08-09 05:18 PM   #2 
  - + 1  no_hypocrisy   Dec-08-09 05:25 PM   #6 
  - Here is what I think is a decent reason  The Straight Story   Dec-08-09 05:20 PM   #3 
  - I had dinner with Jonathan Harris once.  onehandle   Dec-08-09 05:27 PM   #7 
  - Abe Vigoda is still alive. That's really all that matters  RufusTFirefly   Dec-08-09 08:15 PM   #21 
  - All true, but we weren't bombarded with stories about Samantha or the Skipper on network news  RufusTFirefly   Dec-08-09 08:19 PM   #22 
  - I think it builds on itself, plus it is so easy  hfojvt   Dec-08-09 05:22 PM   #4 
  - What the Hell does this have to do with Tiger Woods!?  onehandle   Dec-08-09 05:25 PM   #5 
  - Why do you care why others care about stuff you don't care about?  PeaceNikki   Dec-08-09 05:27 PM   #8 
  - People only have so much attention to give  FiveGoodMen   Dec-08-09 06:14 PM   #10 
     - Sometimes you need a little mindless brain candy to rest your you will be there to fight  applegrove   Dec-08-09 09:28 PM   #24 
  - Because they put their pee pees where they aren't allowed to because of their magic finger rings  JVS   Dec-08-09 05:27 PM   #9 
  - The media.  Gregorian   Dec-08-09 06:34 PM   #11 
  - Because our own lives are so pathetic. nt  Thickasabrick   Dec-08-09 06:34 PM   #12 
  - More opiates for the masses  RufusTFirefly   Dec-08-09 06:53 PM   #13 
  - +100! Info-tainment has replaced news and it is easier than real journalism, and it does not create  Capt. America   Dec-08-09 07:33 PM   #17 
  - There's a reason why there's a Mount Olympus in Hollywood  soleft   Dec-08-09 07:14 PM   #14 
  - I don't. nt.  Atticus   Dec-08-09 07:20 PM   #15 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-08-09 07:23 PM   #16 
  - What's this "we" stuff? n/t  notesdev   Dec-08-09 07:47 PM   #18 
  - Small things amuse small minds.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Dec-08-09 07:50 PM   #19 
  - we don't. i don't know anyone who cares about that crap.  Hannah Bell   Dec-08-09 07:52 PM   #20 
  - I'll buy a celebrity magazine to look at the clothes, to hear all about brangelina's kids,  applegrove   Dec-08-09 09:26 PM   #23 
  - Could it be  classysassy   Dec-08-09 09:50 PM   #25 

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