I don’t know how many more of these I can take. Celebrity deaths that impact you personally are rare. They’re performers, you enjoy their work, but they weren’t really a part of your life. That isn’t the case with Mary Tyler Moore. The actress, who passed away today at the age of 80 was part of two of (if not the two) greatest sitcoms of all-time in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. As a kid growing up, I wasn’t terribly popular. I got beat up a lot, to be honest. But I noticed that the kids that made the other kids laugh usually got away with murder. So I decided to learn how to be funny (to the extent you think I am) by watching Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Cheers, MASH, and a host of others over and over until I apparently achieved enough success to stop getting curb-stomped. The two I watched the most, though, were Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Moore was a consummate comedienne and actress, and below is a wonderful tribute to her from the New York Times. But, to me, she’s one of the people who made me smile, and taught me how to make others smile when I could. That the world no longer has her smile, makes the entire planet gloomier for the loss. I doubt she’d want us to cry though. I think, like Mary RIchards in the classic “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode of The MTM Show, she’d rather our tears turn to laughter at the memory of what she gave us. I’ll run that clip below before the Times outstanding obituary.