Thursday, June 25, 2009

Childhood Icons First thought.

Just a quick one, I think I will expand upon it tomorrow. This past week within the last 3 days 3 Entertainment Icons from my childhood passed away. Starting with Ed McMahon who for many years was Johnny Carson's Sidekick on NBCs The Tonight Show. They had started sometime before I was born or close enough so I grew up with the Tonight Show being a staple on late night television. I didn't always watch them, and some years the only time I watched them was when they would have the Mighty Carson Tonight Show Players to see their silly sketches with Johnny trying to do a character that was not very convincing. Ed passed away on Tuesday 23 June 2009. For several years he had some problem or another, the sad thing is some people upon hearing of his death said "I thought he was already dead". I guess that shows how bad some of his illnesses were.

Then there was Farrah Fawcett 62. Super Sex Symbol of the 1970s. I admit it she was the first of at least 3 reasons why I watched Charlie's Angels starting in 1976 (or was it 1975?). Her passing today (Thursday 25 June 2009) was not a total shock, but it still jarred the system. For the last couple of years she had been battling renal cancer, which a month or so ago had spread to her liver.

Then the Total Shocker Michael Jackson today suffered cardiac arrest and passed away. He was 50. The last few years its been odd thinking about his chronological age vs the age he seemed to act as. I'm not saying he was childish, he just didn't seem completely "grown up" either.