Friday, January 2, 2009


I waited to post my Hat Squad round-up for 2008 until the very last day of the year, unlike many others who note those who died in the previous year. And even so, I still missed a few whose notices weren't announced in time.

Donald E. Westlake, a mystery writer best known for his series of stories about the thief Dortmunder died of a heart attack on New Year's Eve as he was going to dinner with his wife in Mexico. Not only did he write novels and screenplays, but also episodes of TV shows. Among these were 'Supertrain', 'Journey To The Unknown', and 'The Father Dowling Mysteries' - in which he also played a character in one episode.

And on Tuesday, Bernie Hamilton died at the age of 80. He's best known in Toobworld for the character of Captain Dobey on 'Starsky and Hutch'......
May God Bless, as Red Skelton used to say......

Toby O'B

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