Let me guess. You were stunned yesterday when you heard the news that ten years has passed since
the death of Michael Jackson. Guess what? I was blown away too. Quite honestly, I used to laugh when my parents would say “time passes faster as you get older.” Well, I am not laughing anymore. I look back on the past forty years and wonder where they disappeared to.
I remember that 2009 day so well. As I was wrapping up a WKML live broadcast at Cross Creek Mall, I tuned over to another Beasley Media radio station WUKS 107.7. My friend and co-worker, the Suga Biscuit, the late great Calvin P interrupted the song playing on the air saying some breaking news was on the way. Calvin really peaked my interest when he said the news was terrible and that he was going to confirm the rumors before broadcasting. A few minutes later Calvin returned sharing the confirmed and unbelievable news that The King of Pop Music Michael Jackson had
just passed away. I could not believe what I just heard. To this day, I can take you to the exact spot on Morganton Road where I was when I heard the
devastating news. With some events in history, you never ever forget where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news.
In the news today, I stumble on this story, “OMG, Can’t Believe All That Happened 20 Years Ago.” Let’s turn the wayback machine to 1999. See if you remember any of these events and where you were when you heard the news twenty years ago.
-On Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants debuted
-Disney released Tarzan
-Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace toys were the hottest toys around
-The Sixth Sense was an absolute sensation
-The Blair Witch Project scared audiences. Many thought it was real.
-Apple released its iBook and everybody wanted one
-Then Governor of Texas, George W. Bush, announced he was planning on running for President of the United States
-John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn, and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette died in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard
-Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? premiered on ABC and became an instant hit
The article probably listed another twenty events from 1999. Like you, I found myself shaking my head looking over the list. Now, here is something else to think about. For most of us, the past 20, 30, 40 years slipped by quickly. Fact is the next 20 will pass even faster. A bit depressing right? So, let’s make the most of the time we have. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is not promised. This moment is all we have. Full disclosure here. I was one of those that thought The Blair Witch Project was real. That movie still scares me.