The Sims Family And Our Geekery
    The first text message I sent today was to my husband was to tell him Peter Falk had died. His response, "Dude."  Like many of my generation, I grew up with Peter Falk as the Grandfather in The Princess Bride or the unforgettable detective in the old trench coat on Columbo (or, if you catch it, as the tramp in The Great Muppet Caper).  My mom often recalls one of her favorite scenes from Columbo, where Det. Columbo goes to a homeless shelter to ask some questions and the woman in charge mistakes him for someone seeking help, offering him new shoes and a hot meal.  He played his characters well, and no one who ever saw him on screen will forget him.  I loved him as the kind, but rough around the edges grandfather, when Fred Savage's character says, "See! I told you she wouldn't marry that horrible Humperdink!" and he replys, "Yes, yes, you're very smart. Not Shaddup."  Nothing profound, but that line always made me smile. He was the grandfather who would come read to you, everyday if you wanted, and when I read the book years later, of course, I imagined Peter Falk when I read the grandfather's dialogue.

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