This Day in Death

8.1.12: De’Andre McCullough, Inspiration Behind “The Corner” and “The Wire” – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 9:27 am August 8, 2012

Gold teeth? Well obviously life couldn’t have been treating him *that* badly…

At this point I haven’t watched “The Wire” simply out of spite. Oh, it redefined serialized drama, huh? The best series on television, you say? Well I’ll never know about all that, since your impotent rage at my ignorance is way more rewarding than the actual product could ever hope to be. How’s that feel, every coworker I’ve had in the last four years?

Anyway, the guy who partially inspired the show, De’Andre McCullough, has died. Surprisingly, he did not die of a brain hemorrhage while trying to remember how to capitalize his name. Seriously, my shift key looks like it was in a meteor shower.

The man whose life was the focus of ‘The Corner,’ a book about a year on a drug-plagued Baltimore street corner,

Also known as “every Baltimore street corner.” Carry on.

has died of a suspected drug overdose.

De’Andre McCullough, 35, was found dead by his girlfriend at a home in the Baltimore suburb of Woodlawn just before 6.30pm on Wednesday, according to police.

The 1997 book was written by former police officer Edward Burns and reporter David Simon, who went on to create the HBO series ‘The Wire.’ ‘The Corner’ was also made into an HBO mini-series.

De’Andre was very special and very talented, but he could get in his own way quicker than his shadow,’ Donnie Andrews, who inspired the ‘Omar’ character on ‘The Wire’ and married McCullough’s mother, told The Baltimore Sun.

Ugh. Between the real life relationships and the fictional analogs this story just got way too tangled for me. It’s the same reason I refuse to date girls with hyphenated names. You mean your name is Ann and Marie? And I have to remember both? So, what, do you celebrate two birthdays or something? Baby, I don’t think this is gonna work out.

Source: The Daily Mail

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02.27.12: Jan Berenstain (creator of ‘The Berenstain Bears’) – DEAD!

Filed under: Dead —James @ 7:46 pm February 27, 2012

Maybe I should’ve gone with a picture of Jan instead, but she was super old and that’s really a downer for me. Oh, and my condolences to her family.


Jan Berenstain, the creator of the (somewhat narcissistically titled) Berenstain Bears series of books is dead at the age of 88. I’m kind of at a loss for what I’m gonna read now, because it sure as hell ain’t gonna be anything from those Choose Your Own Adventure assholes. Hey pal, don’t drop that responsibility on me. If those shitty kids can’t find their own way out of that labyrinth I’m not taking the fall for it.

The Berenstains’ ursine family most often confronted issues common to most families — the arrival of a new sibling, getting homesick at summer camp, the etiquette of trick-or-treating.

“Family values is what we’re all about,” Jan Berenstain told an interviewer last year.

“She’s dead? Gritty film reboot!” said Hollywood, before eating a bag of money and seeing if The Rock was available to screen test for Papa Bear. But wait, I get the sense that there’s something else here. Something… hilariously racist…

In a 1994 book, “New Neighbors,” the Berenstain Bears confronted racism in their very midst: Papa Bear, acting standoffishly toward the new neighbors, the Asian-looking Panda family, admitted to feelings of prejudice and learned the error of his ways.

Way to bury the lede, New York Times! Why was I not aware of this book until now? God. Next family reunion, I’m pushing my mom into a mud puddle.


Source: NYTimes

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