The recent death of Peter Tork, the Monkee’s multi-talented comedian/bass player/Topanga’s dad on ‘Boy Meets World’, has hit me harder than I could have expected, and my heart goes out to his family and friends.  On the one hand, seventy-seven years is a pretty good run for anyone, but on the other, there’s really no way to prepare for the loss of someone who means that much to you, whether they know it or not.  I haven’t been this bothered by a pop culture loss since the day we lost Leonard Nimoy in 2015, leading to today’s mournful-but-respectful query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that the loss of the remaining Monkees will be tough for me, as would/will be any of the surviving Doctors and William Shatner, asking: What pop culture loss has (or do you expect *will* have) the biggest effect on you?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The one that hit me the most profoundly was Jim Henson. From Sesame Street, through The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, and The Jim Henson Hour, his works were fundamental and parallel to my life journey. His death was the biggest childhood’s end wake-up call I ever had.

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