posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 11:36 AM
Not too sure about Arthur C Clarke, I have no memory of his death but I definitely believed Billy Graham, Jack Palance and Edward Woodward were all
I recall the Billy Graham funeral, with heads of State. A memorial service filled a large stadium but I can't remember where.
Jack Palance died while making City Slickers 2,
Edward Woodward died of a heart attack and I remember thinking how much his wife had changed when she was on TV I remember talk of a charitable
I was in shock when I saw Woodward in Hot Fuzz last year. Man, this thread has really peaked my interest.
I'm sure anyone can have false memories, a touch of Deja Vu, a random series of neurons firing - who knows? Its the certainty with which I remember
these events, and the sense of shock when I found them to be untrue. In the case of Woodward I was gutted when I found out he had died, I loved Callan
and Breaker Morant, I even liked the Equalizer. When I found out he was alive it was truly weird.
I don't know about anyone else but I would expect a mild reaction to the news, kind of "Oh I must've misheard, made a mistake, got confused with
someone else" and not the "WTF!!!" reaction I have had.
So my take is - these people are celebrities, you remember their death in error - who knows why? Then you discover the error - but the fact that
they've been out of the limelight has just positively reinforced your conviction that they're gone. The more time that passes between the error and
its correction the harder it is to deal with.
I imagine if I'd seen Edward Woodward on a "Live" show within a few weeks of his "death" my reaction would have been much more mild than it
actually was after the five or six years that passed before "Hot Fuzz" proved my error.
My two cents,