I remember The Rockford files starring James Garner in my early teens. Although I wasn't a very big fan of the show, I never had an issue with his character, although my brother said all he ever did was joke and get beat up. Really, this sounded like something my father would say, and I thought my brother was just following his lead. Actually, until a couple of years ago, I thought Garner had already passed back in the 80's. The reason I'm writing this post is because of the time I read of his passing yesterday. As you know, The Rockford files still play repeats, especially on OTA television. I was in my screen-room watching an episode yesterday afternoon, and there was a scene where he was being booked by these two black cops. As usual, he was being treated a little rough. While he was being escorted into the squad car, he made the remark to the black officers, "Pretty god job, but John Wayne would have kept his back to the sun". I was shocked and offended, and I was surprised the tv network even aired that segment. I didn't remember Garner cracking any racial jokes on that series. Like I said, I was a kid and I probably missed it. That, or they just now decided to air that part. Maybe my father or brother saw that episode years ago, giving them reason not to like his character. Anyway, I got so offended that I immediately turned the channel. I may have even turned the tv off, I can't remember. Not long after this, I came in the house and got on the CNN website and read that James Garner had passed away. I never experienced any like that before, but I did experience something similar last month, which I will discuss in my next thread. By the way, I try not to speak of negative things when someone passes, but this had something to do with racial insensitivity, and I found this timing a little unusual.