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David Carradine, RIP

David Carradine was found dead yesterday in a Bangkok hotel room. It's a damn shame. I used to love Kung Fu when I was a kid. I even watched the pilot movie on ABC's Movie of the Week. I also have fond memories of laughing at the dumber kids who thought Caine's name was Kung Fu. And thanks to Quentin Tarantino I can share my fandom with people half my age (nobody is better at re-introducting old talent to a new generation than Tarantino.)

I heard an interesting story about him once. Mr. Carradine was being bothered by a particularly persistent report who would not go away. Finally he put a pebble in his hand and challenged the reporter to snatch it away. The idiot reporter took the pebble with no effort, and Carradine said "You have snatched the pebble from my hand. It is time for you to leave."

I don't remember where I heard that story, and I have no idea if it is true or an urban legend. But it's an awful nice story, and I don't think Mr. Carradine would mind it being told even if it isn't true.