Former child star Gary Coleman, who rose to fame as the wisecracking youngster Arnold Jackson on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" but grew up to grapple with a troubled adulthood, has died. He was 42.
Handed down since Moses was kvetching about having to cross the desert in his bare feet, Jewish humor emanated from Eastern Europe where the Hebrews overcame some seriously hellacious circumstances on the way to the Promised Land. "Laughter through tears," they called it.
It should come as no surprise that a company backed by Norman Lear knows how to make creative use of television. Lear, the TV superproducer who created "All in the Family," "One Day at a Time," and other hit shows, is one of the owners of Concord Music Group.