Thursday, July 2, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Sad week in Hollywood
Normally, celebrities passing away is not something that causes a lot of turmoil in my “own little world.” (My granddaughter Remy’s term.)
But, I was saddened to hear of Ed McMahon’s death. I was so sure that one of these days, he was going to bring that Publisher’s Clearing House check to “my” house!
I was pleasantly surprised when Ricky Nobiles, our cartoonist, sent in a cartoon about Ed and Johnny Carson.
Little did Ricky know though, when he drew and sent the cartoons, that a slew of celebrity passings was on the way.
When my kids were little, we all loved Michael Jackson -- “Thriller” is still one of my favorite albums. And Michael really was a defining presence on MTV -- which my kids also loved (I did too but as a parent I wasn’t supposed to, I don’t think.)
It was surprising to hear of his death and many have likened the media circus to that surrounding Elvis’ death. Me personally, I think Elvis was just “more” of everything, but I really wouldn’t want to take anything away from Michael.
I was saddened though that Michael’s tragic death overshadowed the passing of Farrah Fawcett.
I have watched her (and her fabulous hair and smile) since Charlie’s Angels, along with the rest of the country.
I have also, along with the rest of the country, watched her long, painful battle with cancer. The videos, shot by her friend and confidante, of Farrah (and Ryan’s) struggles and triumphs was heart-wrenching.
But I have to tell you, the most shocking news of those passing away in Hollywood has been the death of Billy Mayes. I felt like I knew him!
I can’t even remember how long I’ve watched him show me that Oxy-Clean was much better than anything else on the market.
And I have to admit that the “slider” contraption that is currently being advertised all over television by the iconic pitchman is one of those contraptions that I’m sure I need.
As a matter of fact, on a recent trip home from St. Francis Hospital in Memphis I stopped at a Target and Meredith, my oldest granddaughter had to drag me away from a display of the contraptions.
• Many, many thanks to all who have asked about Pop. While still in the hospital, he does seem to be finally improving. Thank you!
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