Today February 11, 2013 is the one year anniversary of the day we lost music legend, Whitney Houston. Many of us have fond memories of the starlet and the beautiful music she gave us. Although, I never had the opportunity to meet Whitney Houston personally I feel a sort of connection to her for a few reasons.
First of all, we were from the same neighborhood. The elementary school I attended, formerly named Franklin School in East Orange, New Jersey was re-named the Whitney Houston Complex in the early 90’s. It was done in part, to inspire young people by the success and outstanding achievements accomplished by Whitney Houston, a young African-American female that came from the same town.
As a matter of fact, the superstar’s mother, Cissy Houston lived right around the corner from where I grew up. I recall one day my two brothers came running home with so much excitement they could barely get the story out so we could understand what was the big deal.
While they were out playing they noticed a black Mercedes sports coupe, Whitney’s car at the time, parked in the driveway at her mom’s house. So my little adventurous brothers decided to go ring the doorbell in hopes of getting an “accidental” encounter with Miss Houston. To their surprise their “scheme” worked, they actually got to meet Whitney Houston that day! She was very sweet to them and was flattered that they were so excited to meet her.
It was a brief moment but so memorable because celebrity sightings were extremely rare, before the days of the internet and social media, especially in your own neighborhood. At that time, getting to meet Whitney Houston, the hometown sweetheart was legendary.
Whitney Houston a New Jersey native, passed away at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on February 11, 2012.
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