HARRY MORGAN … 1915 - Dec. 7, 2011
Somehow it seems fitting that Harry Morgan died on Dec. 7th. Although “Mash” was set in the Korean War (not Pearl Harbor) his portrayal of the beloved Colonel Sherman Potter was the epitome of the best that a serviceman can be in wartime.
I remember him too as the sidekick of Jack Webb in “Dragnet”. That was a favorite of my husbands and mine in the late 60’s.
When I heard the news that he’d died I was surprised at how much it affected me… I guess it seemed like he would be with us forever. As a good friend wrote to me, “I think we can both feel a sense of loss for a wonderful actor … someone who was a part of our life.”
But then I read that he’d had a full and varied life for 96 years and I realized, instead of grieving, that I should celebrate that. I think if I am honest what I was really feeling was an awareness that as I grow older the losses will become more frequent.
So, thank you, Harry, for all the countless hours of entertainment that you’ve given to me and to others and for making me aware that I need to treasure every hour of every day that is left !