While talking with a friend on the phone last night, she told me that Patrick Swayze had died.
I always liked Patrick, as an actor and – from interviews – as a person. A Houston native, he always seemed approachable and just plain nice. Like many other girls in the 80s, I went back time and again to see Dirty Dancing  and Ghost . But I also enjoyed seeing him in action movies like Red Dawn , Road House , and Next of Kin . And some friends and I spent a couple of Saturdays watching tapes of the TV mini-series North and South . Patrick was a talented actor, never afraid of a challenging role, such as a drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar  or a community leader with a terrible secret life in Donnie Darko . He’ll truly be missed.