June 26th, 2009

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Summer 2009 - History repeats itself from the Summer of '77

As the summer of '77 drew to a close,
the world knew that Groucho Marx was in his final days. Groucho's live-in companion Erin Fleming was in court with the Marx family. Fleming was accused of taking advantage of the old comic legend. Eventually, the case was settled in the 1980s and Fleming was forced to pay nearly one half a million dollars to the Marx estate. Groucho died on August 19, three days after the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley died.

The parallels between the Summer of '77 and the Summer of '09 is eerie, given the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on the same day. Farrah's final days were a morbid death watch, with a "Love Story" comparison featuring Ryan O'Neal himself. Yet, Farrah's passing was swallowed up by the passing of Michael Jackson, much like Elvis Presley's death overshadowed Groucho Marx's death.

Soak in these days today, because you will be asked about these events thirty years from now.