UNFORGETTABLE FORGETTABLE ENTERTAINERS

Published December 17, 1999

  By Greg Williams and Rommie Johnson of The Tampa Tribune

  Big thinkers like Albert Einstein and Copernicus — how important are those guys, really, in our everyday lives?

  Today we proudly celebrate the also-rans — those would-be has-beens of the entertainment world who somehow never managed to fade from our collective memory banks. Individually, the performers honored here may have done little to further our basic understanding of the human condition, but collectively, they are indisputable national treasures.

  You’ll notice our list of less-than-towering talents is heavily weighed toward TV celebrities. Although we would have liked to acknowledge a broad range of mediocre notables from earlier decades (“OK, so which silent film star is more passé, Ben Turpin or Theda Bara?”), this is not a history lesson.

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