RIP Richard Dawson
Donna Summer and Robin Gibb.... now Dawson? Our seventies icons are hitting that age where, I imagine, it won't be long before we start hearing of more seventies heavyweights passing away. I don't intend to reflect every time we lose a childhood hero - my philosophy has always been that Retrospace should be about keeping their spirit alive rather than contemplating their death.
That being said, Dawson has been a personal hero since I was a wee lad. Like Dino and Frank, he was the epitome of cool; suave, intelligent, witty, and personable. In fact, I posted on Dawson back in 2009 extolling his unrivaled coolness.
I enjoyed him on Hogan's Heroes, but it was on The Match Game that he shined. Of course, you can't forget his hosting of The Playboy Roller Disco and Pajama Party on ABC (With musical entertainment provided by Chuck Mangione and the Village People).
Combine that with the fact that he was married to Diana Dors and released a psychedelic album that would've made Syd Barrett proud, and you're talking about one major league badass. When you consider he was a boxer and a British Merchant Marine, Dawson goes off the charts into the stratosphere of cool.
Here's to you Mr. Dawson. Cheers.