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Film director Robert Clark, best known for the holiday classic ”A Christmas Story,” was killed with his son Wednesday in a head-on crash with a vehicle steered into the wrong lane by a drunken driver, police and the filmmaker’s assistant said.

Clark, 67, and son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were killed in the accident in Pacific Palisades, said Lyne Leavy, Clark’s personal assistant.

The two men were in an Infiniti that collided head-on with a GMC Yukon around 2:30 a.m. PDT, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman. The driver of the other car was under the influence of alcohol and was driving without a license, Vernon said.


In Clark’s most famous film, all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle.

His mother, teacher and Santa Claus all warn: ”You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

A school bully named Scut Farkus, a leg lamp, a freezing flagpole mishap and some four-letter defiance helped the movie become a seasonal fixture with ”It’s A Wonderful Life” and ”Miracle on 34th Street.”

Scott Schwartz, who played Flick in ”A Christmas Story” and kept in touch with Clark, called Clark one of the ”nicest, sweetest guys that you’d ever want to come in contact with.”

”It’s a tragic day for all of us who knew and loved Bob Clark,” Schwartz said. ”Bob was a fun-loving, jelly-roll kind of guy who will be sorely missed.”

Clark specialized in horror movies and thrillers early in his career, directing such 1970s flicks as ”Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things,” ”Murder by Decree,” ”Breaking Point” and ”Black Christmas,” which was remade last year.

His breakout success came with 1981’s sex farce ”Porky’s,” a coming-of-age romp that he followed two years later with ”Porky’s II: The Next Day.”

We’ll just overlook that last part…

2 comments April 4th, 2007 at 09:25pm Posted by Eli

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Eli’s Obsession With The Google

My old blog is the #1 search result for dominican sex words.

I am humbled, as always.

April 4th, 2007 at 05:34pm Posted by Eli

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Quote Of The Day

From NYT’s review of Firehouse Dog, a movie I will never watch:

[I]t’s easy for Dewey to capture the boy’s heart by defecating in his lunch and passing gas on his bed. Lifelong marriages have been based on less.

Box. Office. Gold.

1 comment April 4th, 2007 at 12:03pm Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

The trouble with modernity:

Activist Don Bortle wants to put a stop to light pollution — but not just for the benefit of the living.

“The proliferation of streetlamps, billboards and other artificial light sources has grossly complicated the process of ‘moving toward the light’ after death,” he said.

Bortle started the campaign after his own near-death experience three years ago, when he was resuscitated by paramedics on a New York City sidewalk.

“I thought that St. Peter looked surprisingly like a bouncer,” he said. “Then I realized it was just the neon lights above Empyrean, a popular nightclub in TriBeCa.”

Bortle and his Light Pollution Spiritual Advisory Group have helped hundreds of afterlife-concerned people move to retirement communities near astronomical observatories and other dark-sky preserves.

“A dark alley is actually a great place to get killed,” Bortle said.

Bortle’s group has also lobbied for EKG-driven dimmer controls to be attached to the dazzling lights found in operating rooms. “Whenever a patient flatlines, the light level drops to avoid any spiritual confusion.

“My dream is to establish a place for people to die in peace,” Bortle said, “a sort of dead-light district.”

This is a problem that simply would have never occurred to me. Unfortunately, most of its victims can’t really speak out for themselves.

April 4th, 2007 at 08:01am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

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