Tammy Faye... RIP
I wasn't going to write anything about the passing of Tammy Faye, but then I saw this wonderful tribute video to her on Towleroad.
Before the days of cable, in the summer I would often stay up all night watching television in the basement. WGN late movies, Infomercials, and PTL for late night TV, that was it! I have fond memories of watching Jim and Tammy Show every night. Thinking back I watched it pretty regularly; Perhaps because I was still coming off of my 'born again' phase; or because there was truly nothing else on. I clearly remember the fundraising everyday for Kevin's House. Kevin was a teenage boy who was only a torso. At one point I was tempted to send in money, Jim and Tammy were so persuasive. When the scandal hit, it was a shock, but not a surprise. Jim always seemed like a snake oil salesman to me.
Through the years I've seen Tammy Faye on one thing or another; but it wasn't until the past few years that I've come to really respect her for being the patron saint of all misfits. And, as the video below shows, a really fantastic person. In this world where religion is beign used to promote intolerance and fear, Tammy was all about acceptance and joy. Her presence will be missed.