Seldom does anything in the news shock me, but the tragic death of Steve Irwin did. In fact his death seemed to be akin to a FED EX commercial that he appeared in years ago. In the commercial he was stung by a poisonous snake and some cheapskate sent the anti venom by a cheaper rival.
Irwin was a showman who lived on the edge. He invented the too close shots with Wild animals genre, that is widely imitated. However, when this genre is done by an Aussie
it seems natural. When this is done by his immitators it seems contrived. Irwin embodied America and the worlds love with a fictional charachter Crocodile Dundee. His stunts reminded us of our own frontier days and in many ways reminded us of a time when Americans were closer with nature.
Softening Irwin's image was his American wife who was instrumental in sustaining the shows growth. As a tribute to late Steve Irwin I promise to retire a spoof of his show where Irwin rounds up NYC Communists in Union Square.
Rest in Peace Steve and thanks for the memories.