Dear Mr. Grim Reaper,
So far this year you have taken away my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite pinup girl, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite comedian, Dom DeLuise, my favorite pitchman, Billy Mays, my favorite news anchor, Walter Cronkite, my favorite martial artist, David Carradine,
my favorite villain, Christopher Lee,* and my favorite sidekick, Ed McMahon.
Just so you know, my favorite politician is Barack Obama.
Very truly yours, etc.
* Correction: Christopher Lee lives. Lesson: Check the facts before forwarding or posting emails.