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James Noble, known for playing Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling on the TV show “Benson,” died nobly at the spry age of 94.

Noble’s noble demeanor was tapped to play the noble governor of the noble state of California in a Nobel Prize nominated performance.  [They have that, right?]

Noble’s career really took off after “Benson.”  He went on to do great works in shows like  “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The ABC Afterschool Specials,” “Perfect Strangers,” and, of course, his role that altered the history of mankind on “Father Dowling Mysteries.”  

But let’s talk about his seminal work: The NBC TV movie, “Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again.”  

The year was 1990.  Edward Scissorhands was cutting up shrubs, the world’s first web


Nobel with the cast of “Benson.”  (He’s the black one.)

server went online, people were being dazzled by the eeriness of “Twin Peaks,” Kevin Costner gave his wooden performance in “Dances With Wolves,” and Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” was melting Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby.”

The stage was set to turn Archie comics into a live action movie!  It was about time we made a movie to chronicale the antics of these wacky teeneagers… or, better yet, make a movie about them all grown up instead!  (really?)

Apparently, the Archie gang became yuppies.  I’m trying to picture Jughead commuting in that stupid crown-lookin’ hat he wears.  

Jughead raps the song “Sugar, Sugar.”  Does this even need a punchline?  Isn’t that a punchline in itself.

All I know is, I must see this movie.  Lucky for me, it’s available in it’s entirety on YouTube!

Since his time with the Archie Gang, Noble is been in nothing that I have ever heard of.  (“Scene One”?  “Peak Practice”?  “City Central”?  Anyone?…  Anyone?…   Bueller?…  Bueller?…


This hit goes to: The Girl on Fire!  Mary moves up to 70 points, tied with Joanne!

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Jami: 160 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 100 – (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 70 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10)

Joanne: 70 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10)

Harmony: 60 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Age of Aquarius: 30 (William Guest – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Marvin Minsky – 20)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)