For some of us, it's easy to remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when something tragic happened in history. August 16, 1977 -- I was at my friend's house when I got a phone call from my mom saying Elvis had died. Katie and her family weren't big fans, so it didn't seem to affect them, but I was in shock. Another big day was September 11, 2001 -- I think most people remember what they were doing on that horrible day in history.
The other day someone posted on Facebook that Elvis had never seemed real to her. He was more like an icon, someone to be impersonated, or made of wax. She wondered if her two-year-old daughter would feel the same way about Michael Jackson as she felt about Elvis. She's in her 20s, so I understood what she was saying, but I couldn't relate at all. I'm 44, and to me, Elvis was very much a real person. I grew up listening to his music, watching his movies, reading books about him, and seeing his live concerts. He couldn't be more real to me, even to this day.
I'll be honest -- I've never been a huge fan of Michael Jackson. In fact, I looked on my iPod and couldn't find one of his songs. I only have one of the Jackson 5 and one of Janet's songs. That's kind of sad if you consider I have 8818 songs on my iPod. I just wasn't that into him, but I liked his music and loved his videos. I was on Facebook on Friday when the first report of Michael came out. I sat glued to my computer waiting for more information. I was surprised because, as I said, I never considered myself a big fan. However, you can't deny the fact that he was the top selling performer of all time. He was huge, a superstar, an icon -- now a legend.
My biggest interest in Michael Jackson has always been his relationship with Lisa Marie Presley. Growing up in a home that loved Elvis, I was always jealous of Lisa Marie. And unlike Michael, I have both of Lisa Marie's albums on my iPod. Yesterday I was looking at photographs of her and I still think she is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Lisa Marie and Michael both lived very strange and unusual lives. I've always been interested in their marriage.
Yesterday I went to Lisa Marie's blog to read what she had reported about Michael. It was very heartfelt and touching. I was appalled by some of the comments people had left. Some people are just downright nasty. It's pretty sad when some loser of a person stops by a blog and leaves raunchy comments. I mean, MJ has millions of fans who love him. He's done a lot for the music industry, the film industry, and the charity world. There's no denying that. So for some loser to leave disgusting comments makes me mad. What have they contributed to this world? Will people cry when they die? It made me mad because Lisa Marie didn't deserve that. Even though they were divorced, I'm sure she's heartbroken. In addition, she has to be going through the same thing she felt when her father died.
So ... even though I wasn't a huge fan of Jackson, I still feel affected by his death. Maybe it's simply because it's a repeat of how I felt when Elvis died. Maybe it's because of the connection between Michael and Lisa Marie. Maybe it's just because I realize he was huge. Whether you liked his music or not, no matter what you thought of him as a person, or whatever opinions you developed about his criminal investigations -- there's no doubt he wasn't a megastar. As someone who isn't really into celebrities that much, I think Michael Jackson is worthy of the media hype. In his own way, he contributed something to this world. To have millions and millions of people mourn his passing, says a lot. He will be missed by many, including me.