Matt Hendricks broke the news Wednesday Afternoon. Davy Jones from the Monkees dies of a heart attack at 66. I remember being a huge Monkees freak when I was elementary school. I remember running home and watching them on channel 41 in Battle Creek. Then loved 'em all over again in the 80's when they came back. The other Monkees reached out and gave their condolences. Even the Anti-Monkee Mike Nesmith.

Here's the words of wisdom from the guy whose Mom created Liquid Paper, which I can't believe they even make anymore. Who needs it? Anyway, here's what he had to say. Try and follow along.

"So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about.

I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don't exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won't abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane. David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us. I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels."

Huh? What IS he talking about? Davy really isn't dead? Hmmmmm..

On the other hand, Mickey Dolenz said this "I'm in a state of shock. Davy and I grew up together and shared in the unique success of what became The Monkees phenomena. The time we worked together and had together is something I'll never forget. He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart. The memories have and will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to his family."

THAT'S how you say good bye. Come on Mike! Get with the program and don't be so weird.

By the way, Antenna TV (17.2 on over the air TV or Comcast channel 295) Has a Monkees Marathon on Saturday from 5pm to 10pm. Enjoy!

And, Merv Griffin is still dead.


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