For years, Charlie Callas made Johnny Carson laugh on the “Tonight Show.” However, I’ve never laughed harder in my life then the times Charlie and I just sat around and talked about the art of comedy. I learned so much from Charlie and now he too slips into the darkness of the unknown.
Mark Callas said his father knew every member of the Rat Pack, a group of actors that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.
Callas toured with Sinatra and Tom Jones, had a role with Jerry Lewis in the movie “The Big Mouth” in 1967, and was a guest on TV variety shows hosted by Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Andy Williams and Flip Wilson. Callas guest-hosted on the “Joey Bishop Show.”
The fact is that more than 50 million people alive at this very moment will be dead within the next twelve months.
And though your brain is culturally trained to understand that as “them” I am here to tell you that one of “them” could be YOU. Our anxiety of death is really the anticipation of a future event. What we focus on in life is how and when we will die. Not the fact that we will. An event we have all been socially conditioned to fear, avoid and be afraid of.
Yet, we don’t even know what exactly it is.
Recently, a friend of mine lost her life partner to cancer.
Death is a part of life itself. It’s going to happen to us all at some point. But that thought doesn’t help much when someone you love just suddenly disappears from your life. Never to return.