The famous writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell died yesterday, at the age of 69. I remember a lot of the shows I used to watch as a kid, and Mr. Cannell was behind many of them. The A-Team, The Rockford Files, The Commish, 21 Jump Street, Renegade, and many others. Sure, not exactly Masterpiece Theatre material, but very enjoyable nonetheless. In his later years, he became a novelist. I read his debut novel, "The Plan", many years ago (probably when it first came out, in 1996) and remember enjoying it very much; I will try to make a note to read more of his stuff. It's a real shame to lose him; I saw him on something not too long ago and he looked as vibrant as ever.
I know anyone who's watched television has to remember the logo and theme of his production company that would come up at the end of one of his shows; very memorable, I remember it even being parodied in a "Family Guy" episode. Here's a cool montage on Youtube of his logos over the years. As the years progress, you see the awards and plaques becoming more numerous on his wall. A real standup guy, may you rest in peace, Mr. Cannell. You will be missed.