I'm not one of those fanatic Michael Jackson fans, though I like his songs and grew up with Thriller and his other hits, and I never really gave much thought about him being a genius. But sadly it is only after death the the true depth of the man sees the light of day. Although his accomplishments are the stuff of legend that many performers still aspire to, it turns out Michael Jackson was one of the biggest donors to charity and I was touched by how much people who've met him remember a humble, down-to-earth person. Another example of how media can demonize certain people or issues and unduly influence the masses into unfairly negative thoughts or reactions.
Going back to the title of this post, I just noted that a lot of famous personalities seem to be buying the farm one after the other. There's David Carradine, Farah Fawcett and Robert McNamara who all recently joined the ranks of the dearly departed. It's not that these people died, thousands die everyday, but that they are famous personalities and they're going one after the other. Okay, so what's the relationship with being famous and being a genius? Depends on how you look at it. In my book, people who become famous (or infamous) are a genius at something, even if it is at monkey business. There's something you're good enough at doing that people take notice.
If you're into the 2012 and end times mania, it makes one wonder if this is the "rapture" that's being talked about in the Bible. But even on a more ordinary level, it's still sad to see all these people go.