Watching the Michael Jackson Hologram wow the audience at the Billboard Music Awards I was amazed by this technology that made it appear that the late performer was actually still alive and well, singing and dancing like he had never left us. The hologram was so realistic that it made me think how we could enrich our lives even further by bringing back these five late great icons.
1 – Abraham Lincoln – Who wouldn’t want to see our 16th president back in office? After decades of subpar governing and scandal ridden presidencies how refreshing would it be to see Honest Abe back in action, delivering great speeches (who doesn’t love the Gettysburg address?) and chopping wood in the White House’s backyard. His old school values and proven track record would make him a shoo in in any modern day election. Plus imagine how he would influence male fashion with his iconic beard and top hat.
2 – Marilyn Monroe – Bringing back Marilyn is a no brainer. The sexy icon would be able to school the Miley Cyrus’ of the world on what real sex appeal looks like (no twerking here). Her sex kitten persona would be a natural fit for today’s world of social media. Imagine all the selfies she could post to her Instagram account? Madonna, Lady Gaga and all the other wannabes out there could take a lesson from the original blond bombshell.
3 – Freddie Mercury – The iconic lead singer of Queen would give the concert industry a boost since he would be able to join the surviving members of the group (goodbye Adam Lambert), and embark on a massive world tour. Singing hits like Bohemian Rhapsody and We are the Champions he would remind rock fans what a real frontman looks like. Arenas would sell out faster than tickets could be printed and rock music would be resuscitated from the doldrums it currently is in.
4 – Paul Revere – Perhaps not an obvious choice but the man who once rode horseback yelling “the British are coming, the British are coming” could now reprise his infamous ride before the Kentucky Derby yelling “the horses are coming, the horses are coming” to the impatient crowd. Heck why limit him to only the Kentucky Derby. He could do his ride before the Preakness and Belmont Stakes too giving him an honorary triple crown.
5 – Elvis Presley – C’mon how could this list be complete without the original King of Pop? Forget Ed Sullivan now he could go on Jimmy Fallon and sing a duet with Jimmy dressed up like Ann Margaret, the video would go viral immediately. Added bonus: Elvis could school young bucks like Justin Bieber and Chris Brown on how to abuse drugs and throw away talent.
Since we have such advanced technology as the hologram let’s use it to benefit the living by bringing back these deceased icons. After all we are a nation who loves their nostalgia, and there is no better way to celebrate our past than bringing back those who helped shape who we are today.