I was stunned to find out tonight that Roy Scheider is dead. I've enjoyed the actor in many movies, specifically "Jaws," "The French Connection" and, of course, "Jaws 2." But it was the movie "Blue Thunder" that earned him a special place in my heart. Screw Airwolf, Blue Thunder was the coolest helicopter of my childhood, and Scheider was the helicopter-flying cop father I never had. (I mean, I had a dad, but he didn't fly a helicopter.)
While the world is a little darker without him in it, I like to think that he's gone on to that bigger boat in the sky.