Question: Can you name the heartthrob and pop icon of the 1970s who, by the 1990s, was facing such financial woes and alcohol issues that one August afternoon in 1992 he bobbled into Bloomington-Normal in a Hertz rental car after his original car died in Champaign on the ride here and he just left it there?
Answer: That’d be David Cassidy, ex-member of the Partridge Family and then, at 42, trying to relaunch a career. "Keith Partridge was part of me 20 years ago. He's someone I've left," he announced to media types out at WBNQ Radio where Cassidy had stopped the night before appearing at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, in one of his first appearances in more than a rehab-preoccupied decade. But neither Cassidy, nor his body, were able to make a full-fledged comeback and he died last week at age 67 of liver failure.