DJ’s and a Tragic Death.


The British royal family on Buckingham Palace ...

The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Please allow me to begin this with a disclaimer.  In my senior year of college, I was in an Upper East Side bar, when DJ Mark Samone, took advantage of the then Delta Airline add, “Delta is ready when you are.”

He said he wanted a plane to land in the middle of First Avenue.  Of course you could hear everyone laughing.  The Delta agent just got annoyed (rightfully so) and said, “You’re not funny.”

There are certain DJ’s who pull those pranks.  This one went all the way from Australia, to a hospital in London, where Kate Middleton was ill.

It’s hard enough with publicity in the British Royal family.  The nurse who took the call,  Jacintha Saldhana  committed suicide after the prank call by the Australian DJ’s.

OK, the prank was stupid like the call to the Delta Airline’s agent all those years ago.  Probably bad business though to do this to the British Royal Family.  How can you predict a suicide?  This is not the idea of shouting fire in a crowded theater.  You cannot possibly know someone will commit suicide?

Or can you?  We are sure going to find out through the investigation what happened and you can bet the nurse’s background is going to be torn to pieces.  What else was in her background that led her to this and was this the last straw.

No, the DJ’s shouldn’t be tarred and feather.  Decades ago, I would have thought this was funny.  I feel terrible for them, because there is no undoing this.  Michael Christian and Mel Greig need help and understanding as well.  At least they have consciousnesses.   They could have blown it off with “It’s only a prank.”

I have friends in both Australia and the United Kingdom.  I would like to get their take on this.

You can bet DJ’s will be more careful.  This was a heck of a social science experiment.  What have we learned so far?  Actions have reactions and possible consequences.

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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