The Rule of Threes

I’m losing track. They say deaths of well-known people occur in threes. So here’s where we seem to be at:

Set 1: Ed McMahon (June 23), Farrah Fawcett (June 25), Michael Jackson (June 25).
Set 2: Billy Mays (June 28), Karl Malden (July 1), Steve McNair (July 4).
Set 3: Robert McNamara (July 6).

Mom mentioned the death of Harve Presnell (June 30) as part of Set 2. He was evidently a Big Name in the 1960s, appearing in some movie musicals (“The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Paint Your Wagon”) and on broadway. That would push Steve McNair to Set 3, and mean we need only one more death to complete that set. But since his name rings no bells with me, I’m not including him. (Though I’m sure he was a much bigger deal in his time than Billy Mays.)

You want morbid? You got it.

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2 Comments to The Rule of Threes

  1. Dennis Rowe

    I a very sorry to hear about Harve Presnell’ death. He
    was very good in the Unsinkable Molly Brown. He was a
    better stage actor than in movies.


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