|Charles Ferruzza Collection|
Back in the summer of 1984, Michael Jackson -- who died today at age 50 -- was the hottest name in the music industry: His 1982 Thriller album had, at that point, been on the Top Ten charts for a consecutive 80 weeks -- and would go on to become the biggest selling album of all time. When the news broke that Michael Jackson and his brothers would kick off their Victory Tour in Kansas City, this town went crazy.
A burger joint on the edge of Westport, Mitch's Little Angus -- long gone, I'm sad to say -- unfurled this banner 25 years ago (almost to the day) touting the "Gourmet Burger of the Week:" the Thriller Burger. I took this photograph right before I went inside to eat one. I can't remember what was on the featured burger to make it, you know, thrilling. There are some things you forget eating after a quarter of a century. But in honor of Michael Jackson, I wish I were eating a Thriller Burger right now.