Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays Make Three!


They say all bad things happen in groups of three’s!  The past few days have proven that to be correct, once again.  It starts on Thursday, with the news that the king of pop Michael Jackson had passed away at age 50, from unknown causes.  Then the word had started to spread about the death of actress Farrah Fawcett, the former “Charlie’s Angels” star!  Then on Sunday morning the entertainment world was buzzing once again, this time with the news that celebrity pitchman Billy Mays, 50 had also passed away!   

With the passing of Mays, it now means the grouping of three is complete as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays make three!  They’ll be missed and also remembered for the type of person they were, and what they gave the world.  As all three of them were special and unique in their own way.  For myself personally I’ll remember them for who they were and what they gave this world!

Farrah Fawcett who was one of the stars for the ABC’s hit show “Charlie’s Angels” along with Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith in the late 1970’s.  Lost her own battle with cancer after a two and a half year battle, she’ll also be remembered for being one of the first “hottest” leading actresses in a TV series.  As the “Angels” show was the first one in prime-time television to feature some good ole T&A. 

Plus as any young adolescent or teenage boy can tell in she was a one of a kind “pin-up girl” as her famous poster from Life magazine has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.  I was just a little to young to have that poster up on my wall growing up.  But I can only imagine that America had a ton of teenage boys, who would sit back, and stare at that famous photo of Fawcett for hours upon hours.

Anyone who’s ever had trouble sleeping at night knows the name and the man Billy Mays.  He was the king of late night “infomercials” for OxiClean, Orange Glo, and many others.  Mays who was 50 at the time of his passing could and would sell just about any product, if he believed in it.  It was his booming loud voice and the enthusiasm that drew you right in.  Making you want and feel like you needed that product.  I’ll be honest and admit there have been many nights when I’ve been bored and flipping through the channels. 

I’ve stopped and watched a number of his various infomercials and actually ordered a few of them.  I must admit I love that OxiClean, definitely makes my life a heck of a lot easier with it.  The man was so good at his job he’d suck you right in and make you want the product, as you fell in love with it.  Mays, was so good I’m sure he could sell a stack of ribs to a vegatierain if he wanted too.

The cause of death for Mays is still undetermined at this time.  An autopsy was scheduled for today, and the full results might not be known for months from now.  He is survived by his family and friends, and shall be missed by many more.  God Bless you and all the loved one’s you leave behind, Mr. Mays!

For Michael Jackson besides his trademark silver glove, the red zippered jacket and his famous moon-walking, it’s his music.  The way he pioneered the industry and helped single handily turn MTV into what they are today.  I remember being a kid of about eight years old and first seeing the video “Thriller” thinking it was “cool” as it pretty much freak-in scared the daylights out me.  Then other hits such as “Beat It” and “Billie Jean” and he kept getting bigger and bigger.  His final biggest hit that I actually liked or cared for was the world renowned smash hit “Black or White”.  He’s also the reason I choose Pepsi as my favorite soda beverage, since he was a Pepsi spokesperson for years, in the early 80’s!  I was hooked on MJ, for about 1o years or so, until he started to really to lose it. 

When allegations of child abuse first started to surface and we started seeing a different “stranger” side of him. Even though it was never 100% proven if the charges were true or not, the damage had been done.  His reputation was tarnished from that moment on.  Plus his music was becoming less and less the main focus of the world’s attention, as the man himself was just becoming “weirder” by the minute.  Then there were the countless operations and surgeries to change and alter his appearance.  Which in the end just have us all shaking our heads and wondering “Was he really Black or White?”

MJ, you’ll always be one of the greatest Pop/R&B artists I’ve known in my lifetime.  Here’s hoping that the world, your family and friends, and the millions of fans you will always have never forget that!