In last Sunday’s column about the startling recovery and positive identification of King Richard III’s bones, I mentioned how the remains were found in an unmarked grave under a parking lot.
I joked that I will never look at a parking lot again without wondering if it might contain Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa “or the actor who played Candy on Bonanza.”
In reply, John Hogan of Tarrytown writes:
I suspect you may have received 100 comments on this already but . . . Candy on Bonanza was played by David Canary who is 74 and still with us. No parking lot burial for him. He most recently appeared in the grand finale episodes of “All My Children” in 2011.
And Tom Carroll of White Plains writes:
Enjoyed your column of Feb 10th.
But when you wondered who else might be 6 feet under your local car park you mentioned “The actor who played Candy in “Bonanza””.
I don’t think he’s there, because actor David Canary is still with us!
A small thing, but we wouldn’t want you to turn Mr. Canary into another Abe Vigoda now would we?
Seriously, I enjoy your writing and have for some time now. Keep up the good work!
Well, they were correct. Candy is alive, but like I said, I was just making a joke, actually an inside joke on my wife because she’s a Bonanza fan and she liked Candy. I could’ve just as easily said Charo, Tootie or any of the many thousands of TV “celebrities” from the past, but I chose Candy from Bonanza. Don’t ask me why.
Anyway, it was snark at Mr. Canary’s expense, and for that I apologize.
Now that I’ve explained the joke, it’s even less funny.