The Thriller is gone

By now everyone has heard that Michael Jackson has died…unless you’re my sister (Hey Meg! Did you know that Michael Jackson died?!). It’s just crazy to me. I don’t know why but I feel shocked. He was only 50 years old and it’s just all of a sudden. I’m actually fairly surprised at how sad I feel. When I told the news to my mom I could see she was awfully shocked and sad too. Funny reaction over a guy that not only turned white, but weird in his old(er) age. But his later years are not what I remember him for.

As a kid growing up in the 80’s I was surrounded by Michael Jackson’s music, posters and dance moves. I’ll never forget the dance moves! It’s amazing to think that this guy invented the moonwalk. Before him no one was moonwalking, at least no one famous was. It’s because of Michael Jackson that I took break dancing lessons as a kid. Yes friends believe it or not, this white boy from rural Idaho took break dancing lessons. I’ll have you know that for a short time I was quite good at moonwalking and doing back spins. Those moves are hard to perform while surrounded by wheat fields but I managed quite nicely. In my youth ‘Billie Jean’ was one of my favorite songs. It had a catchy tune, a really high vocal part and back beat that just wouldn’t quit. Perfect for a country drive to go pick huckleberries. I also remember going to a garage sale of one of my mother’s co-workers at the bank. As a curious kid I was excited to look at everything, but I was especially thrilled when I noticed she had two white golfing gloves for sale. I wasn’t the least bit interested in golf, I just wanted one glove so I could wear it around like Michael. I begged my mom to buy them for me, but she didn’t think I needed them so I went home gloveless with my dreams of becoming the next MJ crushed.

Like him or not MJ had a huge impact on pop music and dance on a global scale. He made the transition from childhood star and teen idol to a full blown adult superstar. That is something that rarely happens.

In addition to MJ, this week Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon also died. Wow. Some big names gone. I never knew anything about FF while growing up but big Ed is ingrained in my 80’s memories nearly just as much as MJ was. If I close my eyes and listen, I can still hear his hearty laugh on the Tonight Show. And of course, who can forget Star Search?! I used to watch that show for the talent section, I thought the singing was boring even though it did help launch some stars.

So in the past month 4 big names have died (don’t forget David Carradine). Kinda nutty. Everyone dies of course, Ed was old and poor Farrah was crazy sick, but it’s the quick ones that always take you by surprise.


  1. normal jean said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 11:36 am

    I reeaallly wanna see you do the moonwalk. :)

    That was a sweet post. I’ll always remember Michael for his earlier stuff too. He was a huge talent and a ginormous influence to me and the world. He did get a little creepy in the 90’s but what mega bazillionaire with a totally messed up childhood who never grew up wouldn’t. I forgive him.

    Darkness falls across the land, the midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of blood, to terrorize y’alls neighborhoods.

    RIP King of Pop.

  2. mego said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

    ok, news anchor.. who’s David C.?…also, i didn’t know about the white glove garage sale.. and what’s up with shortening Michael Jackson to MJ?.. never seen that done before, either.

  3. Billy said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Don’t forget Billy Mays.

  4. admin said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 3:09 pm

    I know, right after I posted I found out Billy Mays died! Crazy!

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