Like a lot of people here, I can relate to the idea of having mementoes and other items. I certainly have my collection of Johnny items, whether they be magazines, or items I've collected while on the road. When I went to the ST after party, there was quite a discussion over having to relinquish my ticket to get in. I was very reluctant! I made sure to retrieve one on the way out. These items are tangible reminders of experiences that might otherwise fade in time, confirmation that yes, I did do that. I even have mementoes of events that I didn't experience myself, thanks to the kind thoughts of people who have sent them to me. And I have my trinket that I had made that I carry about me always.
I suppose it is because otherwise, I just carry him around with me in my head, and heart. These items make it concrete for me, in a way that it otherwise could never be.
But I think that is a diferent matter to responding to celebrities generally because they are famous. I feel no need whatsoever to seek autographs from anyone because they are famous. And how people respond to them in death, troubles me. I found the account of how people rushed to obtain souvenirs of Dillinger in death quite sickening. Time was, when a funeral procession passed by, folk would doff their hats and stand respectfully. Well, the ritual of it all still imposes that kind of formality to some extent. But not at the point of dying, it seems. Not if you're a celeb. I wonder what we have come to, when photographers take photos of a princess dying in a road traffic accident, or when people whip out their mobile phones to take pics when a celeb's body is carried out of a building, as happened recently. I don't understand what people gain from that.
"Luck... inspiration... both only really happen to you when you empty your heart of ambition, purpose, and plan; when you give yourself, completely, to the golden, fate-filled moment."