Carolyn, my friend, partner in menopause, outer Lucy to my inner Ethel–
Thanks for yet another opportunity to claim my fifteen minutes of fame. Alas, I may be able to squeeze only sixty seconds out of this one.
True, I went to school with the Jacksons back in 1974…75? 76? Somewhere in there. However, dear Carolyn, I fear your excitement may have colored a few of the less salient facts, albeit ever-so-slightly. First of all, the Jacksons and my family did reside in the same county, but not in the same neighborhood. Nooo, that would be like saying Secretariat and Penny Chenery lived in the same house. (Secretariat=barn; Ms. Chenery=rambling country estate, if you get my drift).
Neither is it wholly accurate to suggest I hung out at Michael’s house, because…well, I didn’t. Never saw the place. My brother did, though. Once. Michael wasn’t there, but knowing my brother loved pinball machines, he invited Matthew to play in the Jackson’s home arcade. Continue reading
Wendy, your stick people are like...the Mona Lisa, Oooo, uhh-uhh, cha-mon, ooo, yeah!
I guess I’ve let the suspense build long enough (and, I got distracted) so I’m finally back with the answer to the stupefying question: “What legendary pop star did Wendy go to grammar school with?” Answer (imagine a drumroll here…thrrrrrrrrrrrrr) MICHEAL JACKSON! Yes! It’s true. Back before he was an ABC Delicious super star, Wendy used to hang out with his little brother, Randy Jackson…at their house! (And, no, I’m not talkin’ ’bout the American Idol judge, dawg). Their families–the Warrens and the Jacksons–lived in the same neighborhood. Apparently, Randy would invite her, and her brother, over to color and draw and Micheal would be there and he’d lean over the table and study her art (he was a few years older) and make these really deep comments about the content and form of her stick people.
But, why am I telling this? Wendy? Get on here, woman and do that impression you do, of Micheal Jackson giving you an art lesson. It’s priceless. Speaking of priceless, he drew some pictures with her and gave her some and…SHE THREW THEM AWAY!
Crrrraaaaaap. Well, there’s always the Pillsbury Bake-off.