First a pitchman, then an angel, and now a Pop Star

Rest in Peace: Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.
Ed McMahon:
Not being a fan of the Tonight Show (none in my family, really, so it never really was something I wanted to watch) (because I preferred to go to sleep for school; other people in my family watched it) paradoxically, I first remember encountering Ed McMahon in his role as a pitchman (especially for a sweepstakes) and for Star Search. I only later realized his main job.
(As an aside, this also happened with Phil Rizzuto, who was a pitchman for “The Money Store” and I had no idea for years that he was a famous Yankee player and announcer–he was “the Money Store” guy to me first)
Farrah Fawcett–One of Charlie’s Angels. What else can I say?
Michael Jackson–I never was a big fan. However, I remember the bizarre-but-entertaining Captain EO, since I got to see it in Disney World on my one trip there.
His scandal plagued life diminished his star and made him a joke, but there is no denying his influence and power at the height of his powers and fame. I think that, today, in our Fractured Media Landscape, Michael Jackson would not have done as well as he did in the 80’s. So, for the sake of his influence on music, he was definitely born at the right time.

2 thoughts on “First a pitchman, then an angel, and now a Pop Star”

  1. Holy Cow! If you type “The Money Store” Phil into Youtube you can see a bunch of the old money store commercials. Some are even from WWOR Channel 9. Sad that he passed away two years ago, but he is immortalized in Meatloaf’s song Paradise by the Dashboard Light.
    Our family did watch The Tonight show. (Mash at 11, Tonight Show at 11:30 and Letterman at 12:30) You went to bed to maintain that freakishly long school attendance record

  2. TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead at home he was 50.
    Addendum to Andy Warhol. In the future someone famous will die, every 15 minutes.

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