"That's the craziest son of a bitch I ever saw. How many more like him do you think there are up there?"
The dialogue above is taken from '1941,' spoken by General Stilwell (Robert Stack), in reference to Army Air Corp Capt. Wild Bill Kelso, played by the late John Belushi, who has just shot down a plane after a dogfight over Hollywood. (In the picture above, he's commandeered a motorcycle so he can get to the Pacific Ocean in time to sink a submarine.) Truly it can be said that Belushi earned a reputation as "the craziest son of a bitch" many people had ever seen. And there have been precious few others like him since his death on March 5, 1982.
Next Monday, January 24, marks his date of birth back in 1949; he would have turned 62. It's strange, sad, and dispiriting to realize that Belushi has been gone for nearly three decades. From a purely selfish perspective, that's three decades of potentially genius performances that we've been deprived of ever seeing. But we can imagine. And we can remember what he did accomplish during a career that was cut far too short.