I called the E! Entertainment celebrity death desk today and talked to my friend, Giddy Golightly.
ME: You busy today?
GIDDY: No, just the usual. You know, waiting for people to die. They have to go in a packet of three or I have no "Celebrity Death Roundup" show.
ME: Well, we've had three in August already.
GIDDY: Wait. What? Who?
ME: Well, John Hughes.
GIDDY: Oh my god. I know. (SNIFF) Oh my god, I learned about real life from his movies. "Sixteen Candles", "The Breakfast Club", "Pretty in Pink" - I learned how to be a teenager from those movies. Oh my god. I can't believe he's gone.
ME: Well, maybe it was time.
GIDDY: I know. Right. Wait. What?
ME: Well, he died before he could make "Beethoven's 6th" or "Home Alone 5". I think he peaked in the early nineties. I'm just saying.
GIDDY: Sacrilege. Who else died?
ME: Les Paul died today.
GIDDY: Les Paul Who?
ME: Just Les Paul. He created a classic electric guitar and invented a lot of recording techniques. He's very well known in the music biz. Plus he had a recording career way back, solo and with his wife.
GIDDY: If you say so. Who is the third?
ME: Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She created the Special Olympics and built it into a worldwide organization.
GIDDY: Oh, of course. She was the best Kennedy, wasn't she?
ME: The very best.
GIDDY: But, oh my god. These are three totally different people. Films, music, sports. There's no connection.
ME: They all created very special things. All of them meant something to your generation and others: rock and rollers, teenagers who just wanted to fit in and feel special and special people who just wanted to fit in. You can build your show around that.
GIDDY: It'll be a nice tribute to all three.