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“All in the Family” actress, Jean Stapleton, died at the spry age of 90.

In a statement, her husband said, “Aww, geeze, wouldja stop with the dyin’ already and get me my beeya?”

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Stapleton’s reaction upon learning about her death

Stapleton will be fondly remembered as Edith Bunker, the innocently naive dingbat to counterbalance Archie’s ignorant racist.  The show was known for addressing hard-hitting issues that other TV shows of the time (and even today) were afraid to touch. 

We will never forget the funny yet poignant episode where Archie and Meathead went to the Soup Nazi.  Or the time when Gloria didn’t have a square to spare.  And, of course, the classic where Edith won the contest. 

In 1980, Stapleton asked to be written off of “Archie Bunker’s Place,” the sad, sad spin-off from a once great show. So Edith Bunker died of a stroke.  As a testament to her acting, it is because of this, most people thought that the actress herself was dead.

Besides being the dingbat wife in “All in the Family,” she will be remembered by friends as one who pined for the old days.  “She loved the way Glen Miller played songs that made the charts.”  Added a family friend, “She longed for a time when girls were women and boys were men.”

Her son, John, remembered how she “could clean the floor by using that Hoover again.”

She lived in the EmpireState. 

She never felt the need to loose her weight.

Her long-time friend and mechanic pointed out how well her old LaSalle ran, “It ran great.”

For years, Jean has been a staple to us in the Ghoul Pool.  Picked by: ME!  and held over by: ME!  Yes, I may not win this year, but I have TWO new holdovers next year!

I’m on fire! (for me)  I am kickin’ ass!  (comparatively)  I am only 20 points behind Bean!  Woo-hoo!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 140 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20)

Babysitter – 120 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

Joanne – 80 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20)

Gianna – 80 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Team Sushi – 50 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30)

 “Imaginary” Steve – 40 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

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