Like many Dallas (the TV show) fans, I am saddened to hear Larry Hagman died. I was a fan of Dallas from the very first episode decades ago and I don't think I ever missed a show. In recent years, I bought a DVD set of the first year of the show and amazingly, watching these on DVD, I remembered watching them when they were first released. Although the new series recently brought back to television wasn't as grand as the old one, it was beginning to grow on me.
Anyone familiar with Dallas knows how wicked JR Ewing could be (Larry Hagman) and we all loved to hate him! His evil grin when he knew he had the upper hand was enough to make your hair stand straight up!
Now with the publicity of his passing, I found out things about Larry that I never knew. Being a liver transplant survivor, he was a strong advocate for organ transplant and he worked tirelessly for the well being of transplant patients. He had a silly, but serious, ritual he did at these events. "Okay, on the count of 3, show me your scar!" On cue, the audience pulled up their shirts to reveal their transplant scar. He did this to bring organ transplant out of the closet, to let transplant patients know they should not be ashamed.
We all know that we will die someday. But somehow, in my fantasy world, I wanted to believe JR Ewing would never die.
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