Amid all the centenarians celebrating birthdays yesterday, there was at least one quasi-cinematic death worth marking. So let’s all fly our flags at half staff in honor of … oops, pretend I never said that.

POSTSCRIPT: What completely slipped my mind in the rush to commemorate is what’s probably the cheddar pioneer’s most enduring legacy, resurrected this last election as the ineffable “Palin wink.” So many conservative tongues wagging and pacemakers pumping, a Viagra pick-me-upper for the whole choleric National Review crowd. Who says we don’t need role models?