In remembering Gary Coleman, who passed away today from injuries suffered in a fall at his home at the age of 42, many bloggers will probably be posting pictures and video of his work on 'Diff'rent Strokes'. I'll be doing that as well, since his character of Arnold Jackson was a diminutive dynamo who proved to be a major boon for NBC in the 1980s.
But I'd like to share my first memory of Coleman, as he was seen in 'America 2Night', the 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' spin-off (via 'Fernwood 2Night').
In another episode - although it may have been on 'Fernwood 2Night' - he was the substitute host for the show with a young kid who was just about as dense as the original side-kick, Jerry Hubbard.
Good night and may God bless.