Friday, June 26, 2009

Milestones - Michael's Gone

I know exactly where I was when John F. Kennedy died. I remember the Moon Landing, John Lennon's death, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Apartheid, the introduction of the first personal computer, the cell phone, the internet - and many other events that have had an impact on all of our lives, one way or another.

Michael Jackson's death yesterday marks another milestone. I have neither the expertise nor enough personal knowledge to comment on his life, but I liked him, love his music, and had followed him since the beginning. This extraordinary talent was central to our days, whether we cared for him or not. He was there. He could not be ignored.

I'm saddened that he didn't have the opportunity to renew himself with the planned 2010 Tour. They are saying now that preparations for this perhaps contributed to his death. His public life was too much for one man, his private life too tortured.

I remember his dear little face when he first came on the music scene. That's how I'd like to remember him.

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Quotes to Consider

"If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, Either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing." ~Benjamin Franklin

"Well behaved women rarely make history."~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”~William G.T. Shedd (1820-1894), theologian, teacher, pastor

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something." ~Franklin D Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd U.S. president

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), essayist, poet, philosopher

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky