Dear Michael from October, 2007.
King of Pop
June 26, 2009 at 7:57 am
Isn’t it ironic that his death came just as he was preparing for a comeback series of concerts?
June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am
Neil — that was a great post — I must have missed it the first time around. Thanks for sharing it again.
June 26, 2009 at 11:27 am
My favorite album is Off the Wall, too. So many memories, for so many people, wrapped up in one really f-ed up human being.
June 26, 2009 at 11:57 am
The end of an era…Thanks for reminding me what a wonderful musician, entertainer he was.
June 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Amazing, I can’t believe he’s dead. Future generations need to know him, he was so So Amazing! No one has ever been like him. Everyone wanted to be him, he made you feel good. R. I. P. and live on forever…. Michael Jackson we loved you.
June 26, 2009 at 6:44 pm
I’m glad no other children will be harmed. I’m sorry that we live in a society that deifies celebrity to the point where not even being a pedophile or a murderer is enough to take the shine off. It appalls me to know that if it were one of the “fans” neighbors who gave wine and jack-off lessons to a kid, they’d be out for blood…but if it’s Michael Jackson, then oh well — he’s just a guy who never really grew up and was a little screwy in the head.
June 26, 2009 at 7:24 pm
“Didn’t anyone tell you that your obsession with young boys was unhealthy?”
I am totally with Jane on this one though. I try to be forgiving… I just hope his kids can have some semblance of quasi-normalcy.
June 27, 2009 at 12:23 am
Yes, those poor kids. Sigh.
June 27, 2009 at 2:24 am
His talent and his issues are two different things. And while his issues I cannot understand or comment on, the talent of that little boy who sang and danced his heart out in the Rockin’ Robin video is something I will mourn.
June 27, 2009 at 9:33 am
Neil. Great, great post.
June 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Amazing talent lost. Don’t care about his personal life. The man never had a childhood and what he did have was tragic.
I pray he isn’t judged to harshly in the afterlife.
Sad. Really sad.
Life ain’t so bad at all if you live it off the wall.
June 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm
I remember lifeguarding back in 1999 and asking a bunch of kids if they liked Michael or Janet Jacksons music better and they said, “Who are they?” I about fell into the water with SHOCK!!! That is the first time I remember feeling old…
Also… Michael was dead to me when he went white… just sayin.
August 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm
P Diddy had very precisely described the genius of Michael Jackson: “He showed that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life. He made me believe in magic.”
Check other notable tributes paid to Michael Jackson by peers:
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Neil Kramer has been writing about his life online since 2005. He has worked for Disney and HBO. Neil lives in NYC. You can contact him at neilochka on yahoo.
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