The Loss Of Three Legends
Ed McMahon 1923-2009
Ed McMahon passed away on June 23. He was best known as the announcer and sidekick for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.” Ed’s comedic timing and chemistry with Johnny has always made him a talk show legend in my mind.
Ed co-hosted telethons, blooper shows, and was the face of Publishers Clearing House. He was also the host of “Star Search,” which was a popular television show that paved the way for talent shows such as “American Idol,” “Last Comic Standing,” “So You Think You Can Dance?,” and “America’s Next Top Model.” Contestants on “Star Search” performed in front of several judges while competing in an entertainment category such as vocalist, comedy, dance, and spokesmodel.
Here is a short video tribute from “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” for Ed McMahon:
Farrah Fawcett 1947-2009
Farrah Fawcett passed away on June 25. I feel she was most famous for her role in the television show “Charlie’s Angels.” Farrah left the popular show after the first season, but she did return for several guest appearances. Farrah will be known as a model and an actress in both television and movies.
The one memory I have of Farrah is when my uncle gave me her poster when I was a small boy. After my family and I went to visit my aunt and uncle for the day, I remember we were in the car about to leave. My uncle told us to wait for a minute and he ran inside. He returned a minute later and handed me a rolled-up poster of Farrah; he had a sly grin and let out an evil laugh toward my parents as if to say he has corrupted me.
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25. Michael is beyond legendary status in the music industry, and I will have to write a separate article soon.