Where were you when Michael Jackson died?

June 26th, 2009 - 8:08 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and where were you lovers? As many of my dear readers know, I have been away from my beloved readers and blog for a few days now. I am spending time with my nephew which I love! The pace is frantic and it’s a bit hard to keep up in this oppressive 90 plus degree weather but I enjoy every second. The dinosaur exhibit was great fun!


Last night we tucked into a tiny booth at a neighborhood Italian restaurant to have Julian’s favorite meal. He was facing the huge flat screen TV and I was drinking my 14th glass of water trying to re-hydrate when he looked at me and said, “Michael Jackson had a heart attack?!?!”

The backs on the booths were so high that he kept getting up to read the scroll for me.

Julian and I were having our favorite meal when Michael was pronounced dead. They say you always remember stuff like that. I have even heard some commentators mention it, “Where were you?”

Frankly, it was not a shock to me at all.

Here is my favorite MJ song. My sister and I actually had the police called to our apartment for playing this too loud back when it was first released. The cops were laughing at us, but we turned it down. It is just the kind of song that you have to blast and sing along with!

More MAN IN THE MIRROR later…..Love, Cat, Chaps and Emma


  1. MaureenandSlinky
    June 26th, 2009 | 10:03 am

    Last night, when I was making dinner I had the radio turned on. They were playing a lot of Michael Jackson music (one song after the other). I thought it was sort of strange, and then the DJ said “our hearts go out the Jackson family with the death of Michael Jackson. The greatest entertainer of the 20th century.” Then the DJ started to talk about a comeback tour that Jackson was working on.

    I still can’t get over it.

  2. Cindy, Jethro, Rugby, Ozzie and Harriet
    June 26th, 2009 | 10:52 am

    I was watching ABC news when I heard that he had a cardiac arrest. Then the kids started complaining about kibble time and I got involved in feeding them. Then when the nightly news came on I heard it on there. What a shame. They say it’s drug related and I believe it. Poor guy. I know he was a weird one but who wouldn’t be with the kind of life he had? He just didn’t have a normal life and he couldn’t handle it I guess. Back in the 80’s was when he was his best I think. And he was his best looking. After that it seems like everything went downhill for him. And even though there were issues with child molestation and drugs and who knows what else, I ALWAYS enjoyed watching him. He was so cute when he was little up there in front of all his older brothers just singing his heart out. I used to like watching him sing One Bad Apple back then. I wouldn’t miss an episode of the Jackson 5 that’s for sure. I’m 2 years younger than him and I was in dance school so you can imagine how much I looked up to him. Of course, I could never do any good moves and surely couldn’t move like him! But aside from all the bad, I see the good. As far as I’m concerned, he was the best singer/dancer/entertainer on the planet earth.

  3. Cindy, Jethro, Rugby, Ozzie and Harriet
    June 26th, 2009 | 11:06 am

    Well, One Bad Apple was done by the Osmonds first. I didn’t realize that. But I remember the Jackson 5 singing it.

  4. Audra, Colby Chaps & Abby
    June 26th, 2009 | 11:45 am

    I can’t believe it either, such a big icon during the 80’s when I grew up — loved Thriller. Man in the Mirror is one of Jourdan’s favoirite songs…..she actually has it on her ipod! Elvis will always be King of Rock-n-Roll and Michael will always be King of Pop! May he rest-in-peace.

  5. June 26th, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    I love hearing from all of you about this. I grew up with him. I think he was born in 1956 and I was born in 1957. He was going to be 51 in Aug. I remember sitting in front of the TV watching the Ed Sullivan show wondering who that kid was. Well, we sure all found out.

    I do hope he rests in the peace that always seemed so elusive to him.


  6. Candace Wilson
    June 26th, 2009 | 5:35 pm

    I felt terrible. At lunch yesterday I made a passing comment about celebrities dying in threes – Ed McMahon, then Farrah.

    I had just picked Bailey up from day care when the radion broke the news that MJ had been taken to the hospital and it didn’t look good. I even said to Bailey, OH OH this is not good.

    So I wasn’t surprise when he died. I am 2 years older than MJ – I thought he was the cutest boy right after he went on his own. After Thriller, he got too weird for me. But I still loved his music. My favorite song is Remember the Time.

    It is so sad that someone with so much talent has such a tourtured life, but, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen that.

    On a lighter note luv that pick of Julian with the dinosauer. How is Chaps handling his canine cousins?

  7. Cat
    June 26th, 2009 | 6:16 pm

    Candy – The kids love their cousin and it is complete Nirvana.

    I just love that picture of Julian. I have some other good ones that I am going to post from Coney Island today. Magic!


  8. June 26th, 2009 | 7:03 pm

    I was born in 1960, so I grew up with the Osmonds and the Jackson 5 (also Bobby Sherman, the Monkees and Paul Revere and the Raiders). I remember watching Michael as his life progressed and noticing such a difference between his life and Donny Osmond’s. One tortured in every way from his earliest days and one happy and successful. It seemed that Michael was always a scared a lonely little boy. Sad.

    Candace, I thought the same thing about celebrities dying in threes. When Ed died I expected the next to be Farrah, but I would never have guessed Michael Jackson.

    I liked the Black and White video best.

    Oh, you wanted to know where I was when I heard the news. I was watching the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on CNN waiting for updates out of Iran and North Korea when they said Michael had been rushed to the hospital. It took CNN about 30 minutes after other news outlets were reporting that he had died before they could confirm it.

  9. Cat
    June 26th, 2009 | 7:20 pm

    Kerry – I always wonder why CNN takes longer to confirm stuff like this. CNN was on while we were having dinner. I heard heard the woman on the cell phone in the next booth say that MJ was dead about 30 mins before CNN confirmed it.

    I actually told Julian that CNN is always the last to know what is going on or I should say to confirm it.


  10. June 26th, 2009 | 9:06 pm

    Cat – I think CNN learned a painful lesson in the 2000 Presidential election when they gave Florida (and the election) to Al Gore, and then took it back and gave it to Bush, and then took it back and waited. They learned that sometimes it is more important to be sure than it is to be first.

  11. Cat
    June 26th, 2009 | 9:09 pm

    Kerry, I totally agree with you. That has to be it! Thanks for that!


  12. Debbie and the Masterpiece Bassets
    June 27th, 2009 | 8:10 am

    Seldom does a preformer have such a power to draw you into the song like MJ did. Such a loss. I was at home making dinner, was so shocked that he was gone. Two weeks ago I purchased a two CD set (the essential) and now you can’t find a single one of his on the shelves around here. Hope he is finally at peace, he put so much of himself into each preformance,it was magic.

  13. June 27th, 2009 | 9:58 am

    With all his albums flying off the shelves maybe his debts will get paid and his family and kids won’t have to deal with that. Or that’s what I’m hoping. The only album I bought of Michael Jackson was Ben. And I’ll bet that was his least popular album.

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