It's too bad that the first official post of 2009 (and at the rate we're going, maybe the only post of 2009. Anyone still out there?) has to be an "In Memorium" post, but it's with a heavy heart that I must report that beloved actor Ricardo Montalbán has passed from this earth at the age of 88. He was best known (to me) first as the suave yet creepy host of the visitors to Fantasy Island, a show Brosephus and I were not allowed to watch (although we would sneak an episode in every once in a while, followed inevitably by months of nightmares. Score one for parental foresight.) and second as Khan Noonien Singh (Khan to his friends - and enemies), a villain on the television series Star Trek later to be revived as a villain in the Star Trek movies series, where his Wrath got top billing. I also have a fond early childhood memory of his soothing voice extolling the virtues of Corinthian leather. I hope wherever he is, he's still driving a Chrysler Cordoba. Farewell, Mr. Roarke. Say hello to Tattoo for us.