Thursday, June 25, 2009


I was going to post about my camping trip this weekend today, but I just can't now.

This morning came the news that Farrah Fawcett died. Yes, it was sad news, but not unexpected because of her on going fight with cancer. I must admit I'm only really familiar with her work on Charlie's Angels. Okay, so maybe not the best she did, but I enjoyed the show and her work on the first season.

But now comes news that Michael Jackson has died as well. I am at a complete loss as to what to say.

Maybe I should start by pointing out I have never been a fan. In fact, I don't know if I have heard any of his songs all the way through. I could name a couple songs, but that's about it.

But I grew up in the 80's. I may not know his songs (or know I know them), but my childhood was full of references to him. I followed his career with at least a passing interest as a result.

And I was always jealous of the Disney attractions he built at his house. On the other hand, I think Captain EO is the only attraction that was at Disneyland when I was going that I never actually saw.

Obviously the last few years haven't been good to him. Honestly, I've felt sorry for him, whether or not the charges were true. Either A) he needed serious help or B) people were trying to take advantage of him.

It's a funny feeling I always get when a celebrity dies. Whether I knew them or not, followed their career or not, I feel saddened. Michael Jackson especially bothers me because he has always been a huge presence in my life.

I know their families will be much more affected by all this than I am. And my thoughts and prayers go out to them.

But for me, now, this is still a sad day.


Brian said...

B) is the answer!

People were trying to extort him and they did a beautiful job of it, sadly. :(

Mark Baker said...

I sure hope for everyone's sake you are right.

Brian said...

That isn't to say he was a strange man, but strange doesn't necessarily make you a criminal. I think Michael indeed had a special place in his heart for kids and it backfired on him.

People need to remember Michael for his music, dancing, videos, and ability to entertain. He will go down as an industry legend. He single handedly rewrote the rules for the music video industry, which actually transcended even to the Christian video market. Videos became a production, sometimes quite lavish, and almost always entertaining.

Many fellow Christians want to bash him, because it is likely he was a Muslim. However, I remember him talking about faith on more than a few occasions, sharing about The Bible, etc. Only God knows Michael's true heart and that Michael did have to stand before God tonight. I am not going to judge him, as only God should be the ultimate judge.

On a similar note, I had a neighbor accused of molesting a child. All of the neighborhood kids (myself included) spoke in his defense. It was his daughter-in-law that made the allegations, as part of a family spat. We all knew he was innocent and his grandson ended up losing out. Sad. Even though he had to register, we all knew he just loved children.