Below the LineApril 8, 2015
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Long before buttermilk was hipster-cool or George Bush adopted the W., Rosco P. Coltrane popularized both the white stuff and middle initial usage. And that’s just the kind of bumbling trailblazer the Dukes of Hazzard sheriff was. The late actor James Best, who passed away near his home in Hickory, North Carolina, yesterday, imbued Rosco with childlike sincerity that made him an instant audience favorite: the character knew what he liked (buttermilk; his Bassett hound, Flash), knew who he was (the cuff-’em-and-stuff-’em sheriff), and always stuck to his guns (even when his actual firearm misfired or slipped out of his hands, which seemed to happen frequently).