This week was the 50th Anniversary of the airing of the first episode of the Monkees. Back when they aired repeats in 1976 I started watching them and fell in love with Davy Jones. I loved his British accent and the fact that he was short. When they got back together in 1986 I was able to see them live. My poor father went with me to see them Live four times. I also saw Davy Live by myself once. They played a show in Mesa last Thursday but I couldn’t go because I was working. Plus Davy wasn’t there since he passed back in 2012 and my father passed in 2009 so it would have been hard for me. They put out a new album this year. It is called Good Times and it is good. One of the admins for the Zilch Monkees podcast also runs the Better Library Leaders Podcast. She came up with a cool article about Six Timeless Leadership Lessons I Learned from the Monkees. Now to go watch the Monkees Marathon on AntennaTV.
There was a question on Twitter. Who was the first celebrity death to really punch you in the gut? My answer, Davy Jones. On the day he died, I was teaching my Internet Basics class at work. One of the sites I have them go to in class in the Arizona Republic’s website. His death was one of the home page stories. I had to get through class and the rest of work before I could cry. I saw him on a PBS special the next month and cried my eyes out.