Friday, March 09, 2007

Belushi: A Quarter Century Gone

The 25th anniversary of John Belushi’s death came and went this week (March 5) without much notice. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long particularly when you consider how really short his career was. An original cast member on Saturday Night Live when it hit the air in late 1975, Belushi didn’t get into movies until 1978. Four years later he was dead.

Last weekend, Former Wingman SK came over and brought the movie School of Rock with him. As we were watching, it became obvious that the part played by the great Jack Black could very easily been played by Belushi 30 years ago.

I guess it goes back to my theory that one’s baseline for what’s “normal” in life is set when you are between the ages of 16 and 24. It just seems like Belushi should still be here and actors like Black are always going to remind me of him.

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