From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Michael, Farrah and Ed

I received the following in an email from a friend, and would like your help in checking its veracity:

Ed McMahon died this week. He was a great entertainer, but prior to his stage accomplishments he was a distinguished Marine Corps fighter pilot in WWII earning six Air Medals and attaining the rank of Colonel. He was discharged in 1946 and was later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the CA Air National Guard.

Farrah Fawcett died this week after a long career in Hollywood as an actress. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she became an activist for cancer treatment and devoted her last remaining years encouraging people to seek treatment. She documented her plight on film and used it to  encourage others to stay positive and upbeat despite their diagnosis and suffering.

Michael Jackson died this week. He was perhaps one of the greatest singers of modern time. He will also be remembered for his eccentric lifestyle that included sleeping with a chimpanzee, living in a carnival-like atmosphere at Neverland, his fascination with Peter Pan, and his numerous masks and costumes. He also admitted to finding pleasure sleeping with young boys and paying out millions of dollars in settlements to the families of these boys despite being acquitted by a court on one allegation of sexual molestation.

Which of the above did the House of Representatives declare a moment of silence for today? (Hint – It wasn’t the first two.)
Which of the above’s family received a personal note of condolence from President Obama?  (Hint – It wasn’t the first two.)

Again, I could use some help checking the veracity of the above. I did find verification that Congress paused for a moment of silence for MJ (click here). But what about Ed McMahon? Didn’t he do significant charity work? Any links you can send to verify the above would be much appreciated.

IF the above is true, it’s another sign of something I already believe – we worship entertainment in this country.


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