If I were superstitious, coincidences would mean more to me than they do. That said, I will note that the correct death predictions this year have been a little eerie.
In late May, the tabloids had no correct predictions. A week later, Gary Coleman, Dennis Hopper and Rue McLanahan had all died.
In September, I printed the nine month review and remarked that the tabloids, most especially the Three Wicked Step Sisters, had added a lot of names to the list, but still there were only three correct predictions. One day later, Tony Curtis was dead.
This morning, I brought up that the Enquirer said Elizabeth Edwards would be dead within six months and that was six months ago, so swing and a miss for The Flagship. But the Enquirer was the first to give a warning of impending demise for Ms. Billingsley almost exactly nine months ago, though they didn't tell us how long she had.
The numbers are now five correct predictions out of a total of fifty eight this year. I fully expect there may be more to die this year, but I also expect the vultures to mention more people who still have years of life ahead of them. They are batting a miserable .086, after all.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Barbara Billingsley, from a fan.