A lot of “Mad Men” watchers have opined that the Miss Blankenship character introduced this season was a little over-the-top for a program that is known for keen adherence to realism.
Some have also argued that the darkly comic scene in which she dies at her desk and has to be wheeled out discreetly, behind the backs of a group of visiting clients, was a little slapstick-y.
I disagree with both criticisms. Not only is Miss Blankenship real to me — I’m old enough to remember the hardened, surly women of that generation — but a similar death scene was played out in our very newsroom years ago.
This was before my time, sometime in the 1970s, but some people in our newsroom remember this like it was yesterday. A group of Scouts was taking a tour of the newsroom just as a copy editor died right at his glue pot. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
So while someone diverted the tykes’ attention (“This is a proportion wheel! Loooook how it spins!”) the unfortunate ex-Post-employee was carted out under a blanket. Hopefully not one that a co-worker’s mother made.
So there’s nothing about Miss Blankenship or her farewell scene that strikes me as far-fetched. “Mad Men” remains as real as ever.
Was this the only death at 410 State Street? Doubtful. We’ve been in business here for 90 years. Maybe the next newsroom tour should be conducted by our local ghost hunter, and Halloween is coming.