Unexpected? Maybe. But Not Tragic, Accidental, or necessarily Untimely. It was just 74 years of living life and leaving a mark on all who encountered him in person or via television. Rest don't come easy nowadays, but after his life long body of work, he's finally getting that rest as it was reported that he slept away peacefully.
Since Pope was a lil kid I was always entertained by the genius of Sherman Hemsley in his multiple roles on different TV shows; However regardless of what show he was on, or wherever he may have appeared, the only name he truly ever had was that of George (Mr.) Jefferson, which only is a testament to the life he gave to a groundbreaking character that changed the perception of African American men being constrained to the ghetto, and creating an image of hope and life of a black man rising above the status qou in classic rags to riches fashion.
Funny because Pope knew of a man that reminded me of Mr. Jefferson, and his name was Mr.Burke. I'll never know if this guy inspired Pope's father (because they're story is all to similar,) but I'm sure that Mr.Jefferson has inspired countless of others regardless of their nationality. Obviously he inspired Pope! Hell, it was almost a year ago that Pope incorporated one of Mr.Jefferson's classic lines into his promo as I called Matt Moegan and Crimson "Two of the biggest and dumbest "'Honkies"' that Pope has ever seen." Lol, classic Mr. J!
So with all that being said, Pope's not saddened by Mr.Jefferson peaceful exit from this earth as 'a plant will grow from a seed in the ground, and blossom in something amazing, and then when the time is right, it will wither and return into the very ground from which it came.' It's only a sad thing when the seed never got a chance grow, or something amazing was cut way too short way to soon....Mr.Jefferson was NOT the latter seed.
I've celebrated such Mr.Jefferson's genius 10 years ago by acquiring the entire collection of The Jeffersons (and All In The Family for that matter) on DVD, but today I honor his legacy. RIP Sherman Hemsley 1938-2012
"I'd rather live my life in such a manner as if there is a God, to die and never awaken; than to live my life like there is no God, to die, awaken, and find out there is!" ~PHS
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