I realise this blog is increasingly in danger of just becoming a list of celebrities whose deaths I’m sad about, but [Stephen J. Cannell](http://news-briefs.ew.com/2010/10/01/stephen-j-cannell-friends-and-fans-remember-the-tv-producer/) is one that really hit me hard.
When I was 10, my poor little brain couldn’t handle any celebrity or character with more than one name. For example, like most kids then, I loved *The A-Team*. And as fanatical as I was about that show, I still couldn’t manage their surnames. They were Murdock, Hannibal, Face and BA. No more, no less. I *tried* to remember BA’s surname, but I think I kept calling him “Balackus” or something. Maybe I was a little racist as a kid. I also used to think “Darth Vader” was called “Dark Vader”. You see, because he wore all black
Point is, you give me a celebrity or a character with two names, I was boned. In *Knight Rider*, I just knew the guy as “Michael”. I never once twigged that his surname was in the title. Durr.
But as much trouble as I had with names, I knew who the fuck Stephen J. Cannell was. With this one guy, I not only remembered his first name and his last name, but I fucking remembered his middle initial and everything. Know why? Because his logo came at the end of some of my favourite shows. And when I hear the jingle from his logo, I get a sort of pavlovian response. I feel happy. I feel like I’m 10 years old again. And I don’t just mean that in some hyperbolic way. I mean I literally feel 10 years old again. If I close my eyes and listen to that jingle, I feel like I’m sitting in front of our dodgy TV on a Saturday afternoon and now I’m going outside to recreate *everything* I just saw on TV.
Bagsy being BA.
Bonus: Stephen J. Cannell also did a show called [*Tenspeed and Brownshoe*](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080289/) starring Jeff Goldblum. This was less good. I bought the pilot on VHS for 50p a few years ago.