The Jeff Conway Story is Freaking Me Out

I just read that the actor Jeff Conway from the show Taxi, (and the movie Grease) is in a coma as a result of a suicide attempt, and his family is taking him off life support. I’m flashing back to many years ago, and a period of insomnia that I went through and the only thing on TV late at night was Taxi. Honestly, I didn’t even love the show, but I remember watching it night after night, bleary-eyed and miserable.

They’ve got a voice mail message of his online. Apparently, he left for a friend not long before this happened. The article way over-states how incoherent he is. What stands out for me is a person who still thinks he has a life. Things are changing in a good way, things are happening, he’s working on something for the future. And then, like that, he doesn’t.

Dance while you still can.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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