This 12" talking action figure of Darren McGavin as The Old Man with his prize Leg Lamp from "A Christmas Story" is ranked #29,856 in Amazon's Toys & Games section. The item is currently out of stock. Will McGavin's passing provide incentive for restocking?
"There has been a disturbance in the Force even more titanic than the recent expiration of Don Knotts," writes a bereft TigerHawk:
Darren McGavin, known to millions of us who "came of age" in the 1970s as "Kolchak the Night Stalker," has died at age 83 (scroll down for all kinds of pictures).
Damn, that makes me feel old.
Not you, old boot. The heart that loves is forever young. And not Darren McGavin, either. The beloved actor will live on for all generations as The Old Man -- Ralphie's bumbling, teddy-bear-gruff father -- in the timeless and eminently quotable "A Christmas Story." Trying to reconstitute the net-stockinged base of his shattered Leg Lamp, The Old Man spoke for all husbands who suspect their wives of nefarious motives:
The Old Man is dead. Long live The Old Man!