Absolutely, Richard Carpenter 'deserves' to be finished with "Carpenters". From a personal perspective, I wonder, at what point in time does an individual finally make the decision, and what circumstances--if any--prod that decision into becoming a reality. What does mystify me is Why anyone--Richard included--would be mystified as to the continuing interest in the Carpenters' lives. The music will be extant forever, will 'live' forever; thus, so will interest in the lives which gave birth to that music. Karen's voice was once in a lifetime, his arrangements unique to their partnership--unique, indeed, to music history. We 'fans' still care about him (as a person), about Karen (as a person), about the music. The one and only authorized Biography--I write here of Coleman's Book--barely touches reality. It, like the sanctioned CBS TV-Movie, purposefully sanitized everything. Thus, if we 'fans' have an unrealistic view of their lives, it is an image intentionally brought to the fore.