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In Fondest Memoriam:
(December 30, 1945 - February 29, 2012)

A huge Monkee wrench has been tossed into the works.

My jaw's still dragging the ground. We've acceded to The Inevitable, folks. And it's come down to this: the one Monkee tidbit I am just loathe to post.

A short while ago we paused to remember a Monkee guest, Laurie Main ( Mr. Friar in "The Monkees Mind Their Manor" [#4751]). Not long before that, we mourned the loss of Monkees cocreator Bert Schneider. And, on Leap Day, Wednesday, February 29, 2012, we Monkeemavens came to grips with the devastatingly unexpected demise of an actual Monkees TV cast/band member, David Thomas Jones, the youngest and only Britisher of the group, at the age of 66, the victim of a massive coronary.

Upon learning of this tragedy, I was, aside from shocked, truly ashamed to be a Monkees fan at that point. I am a Gen-2 fan, and have remained so since the twilight of my middle school days, right from that fateful Pleasant Valley Sunday, February 22, 1986, during that marathon on MTV. I practically made a career out of obsessing over their exploits, aural and visual, even going so far as to open a detailed fan info site based on the latter (you guessed it), this very Monkees Film & TV Vault. And you think, having endured 45+ years' worth of 58 episodes, a movie, 2 television specials, 11 albums and countless concert tours (regular and reunion), the last member of the band you would think leave this world would be David Jones!

Doubts clouded my head right now, as I'm sure they did yours, about whether or not I would ever be able to watch or listen to The Monkees ever again after this. But, just like fans of classic Star Trek endured the losses of Dr. McCoy, Mr. Scott and Nurse Chapel, numerous fans of the 1966-8 Batman TV series have survived the passing of many Batvillains, and numerous Beatles devotees have weathered the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, I feel confident we can over come this bad patch as well. The Show, as they say, must go on!!! 

Thanks, David. You and yours exploded onto the TV scene with a brand of comedy which had never been experienced by anyone before. And your music shall live on wayyyyyy past eternity.

Monkeemania Forever!

And then there were three...

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