R.I.P. Luke Perry

“Beverly Hills, 90210” – undoubtedly my favorite show of all time because of the impact at that time of my life – launched when I was 11 – my oldest daughter’s age today. In junior high, if you hadn’t seen last night’s 90210, you weren’t in the conversation. My parents wanted to screen the show when they found out I was starting to watch it, and of course the one episode they watched, Emily Valentine slipped Brandon drugs and so this show was deemed inappropriate… so I would sneak-watch it. I’d have it on and change the channel when I heard them coming (though I’m sure they knew all along, since you could see the number displayed on the screen when a channel change had occurred).
I grew up with 90210, watching it in junior high, high school and college – my most impressionable years. I aged from 11 to 21 during its run.
For me, Dylan McKay was the show. He was so cool. Every guy was intimidated by him and wanted to be him, and every girl wanted him. He had some close friends, was worldly but was the loner – the badboy. He had a very intentional James Bond vibe but also a beat poet affinity (he procured a Walter PPK when he got held up, his wife got gunned down in his convertible 007-style, but he longed to travel the open road and write the great American screenplay). Luke Perry infused life and relatability to this guy who struggled with all kinds of stuff through many rises and falls and family issues and love lost.
I watched 90210 until November 1995 when Dylan McKay drove his motorcycle off into the sunset. Luke Perry was in “Fifth Element” with a brief cameo, made tremendous Lane Frost biopic “8 Seconds” but later – after the film career never exploded – returned to 90210 (and I started watching again). I’ve loved few characters on screen more than Dylan McKay.
Luke Perry has died at 52 years old – far too young. He was able to do some passion projects along the way and certainly leaves a legacy. Can’t believe he’s gone, all while “90210” is slated to return for a third go-around this summer. Clearly, he was well-respected as a person by those in his trade based on the outpouring of love from Hollywood. Prayers for his family and loved ones. R.I.P. Luke Perry.

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I am a Christian, Husband, Dad, workaholic and author. Biography Carson Vincent Heady was born in Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to St. Louis in 2001. He has served in sales and leadership across Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Carson is best-selling author of the Birth of a Salesman series, the first book of which was published by World Audience Inc. in 2010. He released The Salesman Against the World in 2014, A Salesman Forever in 2016 and Salesman on Fire in 2020. He is also featured in Scott Ingram’s B2B Sales Mentors: 20 Stories from 20 Top 1% Sales Professionals. Carson is a 7-time CEO/President’s Club winner across 5 roles at AT&T and Microsoft and National Verizon Rockstar winner. He has been recognized as a top social seller at Microsoft and is consistently ranked in the top 25 sales gurus in the world on Rise Global. He is included among the Top 50 sales authors on LinkedIn. With over 330K social followers, Carson has also been interviewed on over 30 sales and leadership podcasts, by such luminaries as Jeffrey & Jennifer Gitomer, Jeb Blount, Brandon Bornancin, Sam Dunning, Larry Levine, Darrell Amy, Scott Ingram, Thierry van Herwijnen, Jim Brown, Sam Jacobs, Luigi Prestinenzi, Donald Kelly, Marylou Tyler, George Leith, Pat Helmer, Eric Nelson, Ron Tunick, Jeff Arthur, Mary Ann Samedi, Jean Oursler, Andre Harrell, Marlene Chism, Bill Crespo, Matt Tanguay, Josh Wheeler and Chad Bostick. He has also co-hosted the Smart Biz Show on EG Marketing Radio. His articles have appeared in several noteworthy publications such as SalesGravy, Smash! Sales, Salesopedia and the Baylor Sports Department S3 Report. Carson lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife Amy and daughters Madison, Sidonia and Charlotte.
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