THE POP EXPOSE – Remembering ‘Screech’ by Mitchell Smith!
Last week we lost another Hollywood star. Dustin Diamond best known for playing Screech on Saved by the Bell passed away at the age of 44. Growing up Saved by the Bell was one of my favorite shows and anyone who started watching it from the beginning literally grew up with the cast. I grew up in Bayside in the sticks.
I went to a very small school so Saved by the Bell was very similar to my school. We had one athlete, one preppy kid, one princess, and one Screech. We were friends with the teachers and the principal and I know I really related to the whole setting. Screech was an interesting character. Diamond was the character. The weird kid with many quirks, Screech was constant comic relief and he stayed with the many spin offs until the show was cancelled.
After Saved by the Bell, Diamond got into some financial problems and had a falling out with most of the original Saved by the Bell cast. Despite the dreaded curse of the child actor, Dustin Diamond had a good career and anyone who grew up watching Saved by the Bell could not help but fall in love with his character. There may never be another Screech but he and Dustin Diamond will live on for years to come. Rest in peace Screech.