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.  He was discharged in 1946 and
volunteered to fly again in the Korean War. He joined the California Air
National Guard and was later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

  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.

   Karl Malden died this week after a long career in Hollywood as an
actor.  He also served in the US Air Force during WWII and also served
on the US Postal Service committee to review and recommend commemorative
stamps.  In 2005, the US House of Representatives authorized the US
Postal Service to rename a Los Angeles post office the Karl Malden
Postal Station.

  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.


QUESTION 1)  - Which of the above did the House of Representatives
declare a moment of silence for today?  (Hint - It wasn't the first
three)

QUESTION 2)  - Which of the above's family received a personal note of
condolence from President Obama? (Hint - It wasn't the first three)


Need we say more??