megotelek: (chase the morning)
First Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson.

I don't really have any personal connection with Ed or Farrah, but I do have a few childhood Michael Jackson memories. The earliest one being when we went to Disneyland when I was little (probably around 1987-ish) and I saw Captain EO. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen, and I remember it pretty vividly. The dancing, the singing, trying to catch his little flying fuzzball friend (because it was 3D! Such technology!).

The other big Michael Jackson memory I have is of the song he did for Free Willy. My uncle took us to see the movie in the theater, which was a big deal for me at the time (that came out in 1993?! I feel so old now...). And I had the single on cassette. And I listened to it...a lot.

In recent years, he became the tabloid-headline crazy recluse, which I think is so sad. [ profile] cleolinda says it better than me, though:

There were weird rumors about what went on at Neverland Ranch, and gossip has it that various former child actors of his acquaintance have implied that bad things happened, but I can't find sources for any of it. Even the Corey Feldman thing turned out to be about someone else. He was not convicted; he was not found guilty. It's not for me to declare, "Well, but clearly he was abusing children." I think bad things probably did happen. Bad things to him, we know, and bad things that he might have done. And if people were hurt, it's disrespectful to them to deny it; but if a man is innocent, it's unfair to insist that we just know he wasn't, somehow we just know. That's the elephant in the room. I don't know what else to say.

I also think it's sad that there are people so young that they only know him as the creepy recluse, not as the amazing performer. As [ profile] cleolinda put it, I hope he's someplace where he doesn't hate himself anymore. And of course, my prayers are with his family and his kids.

It's a horrible thing to say, but I'm happy for his kids; maybe they'll have the chance for a normal life now.
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Ricardo Montalban dies at 88.

Gonna have to watch Star Trek II tonight...

Somewhat amusingly, that article doesn't mention his role as Khan at all, and that is who Ricardo Montalban was to me (never watched Fantasy Island, really, but when I did I was always confused about Khan granting people wishes or whatever).


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