It is an effort, but generally speaking this column avoids exceptionally important subjects like Reality TV.
However, an event happened this week that demands a comment. Gladys Knight was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars." To add injury to insult, the dance that eliminated Gladys occurred on - sacrilege - Motown Night.
Gladys appeared Pip-less on this program but we were still enthralled by her. Her rhumba last Monday night was the most sensual dance we have seen in years.
There are two caveats to that observation:
* Gladys is about our age.
* Gladys' figure is "Reubenesque."
To all of you unfamiliar with the works of 17th century painter Peter Paul Reubens, he sorta preferred his women a bit on the fleshy side and with a few curves.
The professional female dancers on this program all look like stick figures. Gladys does not. Plus, back in the day, she sang the 1972 song "Neither One of Us Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye." Who could want anything more?
In short, just by being on stage, she had our vote for best dancer on this year's version of Dancing With The Stars. But she did more than that. Her rhumba was divinely inspired and we cursed the judges when they all gave her a "7" for her performance.
Now she is gone. The refrain from "You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me" keeps pulsing through our mind.
She may not be the best thing, but Gladys, you were a good thing. Thanks for being on this program and showing what a talented - and sexy - mature woman looks like.
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