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The death of Farrah Fawcett

June 25, 2009 1:54:03 PM PDT
Maybe I'm not the bell weather in these matters, but I'm a bit surprised at the overwhelming response to the death of Farrah Fawcett. Maybe it's the baby-boomer syndrome - that there are simply so many boomers and their mortality, at least to them, comes as something of a shock.

I'm a boomer, but maybe I'm a bit more jaded about death, given the abundance of it in what we cover every day.

But I certainly remember when Ms. Fawcett (she was at the time of her most significant popularity, Ms. Fawcett-Majors) was the poster girl for the post-sexual revolution. Literally. Eight million of those bathing-suit posters were sold; that's simply remarkable.

Tonight at 10 p.m., Barbara Walters has a special edition of 20/20, looking at Fawcett - her life, and her long but courageous march to death. And we'll have the latest on her death, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're up in Albany again, where our political reporter Dave Evans is following the latest developments as New York's state government tries - or not - to untangle the chaos the bickering State Senators have woven.

The more interesting story today is how the race for Governor is now being affected. Rudy Giuliani and Rick Lazio are apparently running on the Republican side, and Gov. David Paterson, now understanding that this chaos may be as much about him as it is the Senate, is now trying to find his political mojo and become proactive.

Is it too late? Dave has our story tonight at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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