David The Gnome, better known as Tom Bosley, died today after a short battle with lung cancer. For those of you who might not be familiar with Tom Bosley, he is best known (in my heart) for three roles:

  • The dad on Happy Days
  • The voice of that old Nickelodeon cartoon David The Gnome
  • Sheriff Tupper on my favorite show ever, Murder She Wrote

Did anyone else see the finale of David The Gnome? It really scarred me when I was a kid. The episode had David and his wife dying – they didn’t show the actual death or anything, but you realized that they had turned into trees and weren’t gnomes anymore, and it was weird and beautiful and made my little kid self cry for like two days. Oh, G-d, I think I have to go for a minute.