It’s interesting, the way we react to the deaths of celebrities.
Ed McMahon: “Oh, that’s too bad. I knew he was having problems.”
Farrah Fawcett: “What a shame. Too young. She was something, wasn’t she?”
Michael Jackson: “What? Really??? No freakin’ s**t!”
Billy Mays: “You’re kidding. The OxiClean guy? What the hell happened?”
Gale Storm: “Oh jeez, I remember her. How old was she?”
She was 87. And I know that a lot of you won’t remember her. Gale Storm was among the first TV sitcom actresses I remember (along with Joan Davis and Betty White, who’s still a hoot).
I remember Gale Storm (perhaps the only female personality outside of exotic dancers whose stage name is a weather condition) best for the fifties sitcom “My Little Margie.”
What I remember most vividly is that her father, “Mr. Albright,” spoke with a Boston accent. (“Maaahjee!”) The actor who played Mr. Albright, Charles Farrell, was in fact a Boston-area native.
Naturally, that reinforced the notion that everyone in the world spoke with a Boston accent, and those who didn’t were out of the norm.
You know, I’m gonna have to shake that notion someday…