June 30, 2009

Time Capsule: Michael Jackson in the news

Posted: 06:02 PM ET

thumbnailIn June of 1983, the top 5 albums in the United States were:

1. Thriller, Michael Jackson (Epic)

2. Flashdance, Irene Cara (Casablanca)

3. Pyromania, Def Leppard (Mercury)

4. Let's Dance, David Bowie (EMI America)

5. Cargo, Men at Work (Columbia)

And here are a few articles that we read then, not knowing how interesting they'd be today.


Tom Shales' article from January, 1977's Washington Post.  It's a not-too-positive review of the Jackson Family variety show.

By Tom Shales

art_jacksons_giNo one could reasonably have expected "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour," which premiered Sunday on ABC, to be anything finer than insipid. Even in television, it makes no sense to build a musical show around nonmusical people.

That would scarcely seem to be the problem for "The Jacksons," the new CBS half-hour musical-variety series premiering tonight at 8:30 on Channel 9. And yet despite the proven pop prowess of the group – which has sold 60 million records first as the Jackson Five, now as the Jacksons – the hastily arranged show proves listless and slipshod.

Perhaps it will get better. There doesn't seem to be much choice.

Part of the problem for producer-director Bill Davis and the talented Jackson family is that this is a short-notice series, hurriedly thrown together when Norman Learn's "A Year at the Top" fell apart and was scrubbed on the launch pad. Still, one would think that five Hollywood writers would be able to come up with better comedy material to fill the gaps between numbers than the staff handed the Jacksons. By comparison, the Captain and Tennille are hilarious and Sonny and Cher positively Shavian.

Somehow, though, even the songs, which include the recent hit "Enjoy Yourself," don't really register either, partly because canned audience hysteria has been ladled over them and partly because the Jackson seem a bit surprised at being on television, even after three previous attempts.

One of those was a well-received CBS summer series last year. Another was an animated version still in syndication. Sadly, the real-life Jacksons on CBS tonight come off just about as dimensional as their cartoon counterparts did. "It's been great fun," says Michael Jackson, 17, at the show's close, but he could only be speaking for himself. "The Jacksons' have a long way to go before it is either an approximation of fun or an intimation of great.


The Jackson Decade;
The Jacksons: Shaking, And Making, Booty;
Still Shaking – and Making – Their Booty

By Jacqueline Trescott/Washington Post

June 11, 1979

Michael Jackson, now 20, an elongated version of the cute, spindly youngster who fingerpopped into teen hearts 10 years ago, knows what he wants for the next

"To do everything I feel I should do," says Jackson, his trademark airy pitch unchanged. His dark eyes are direct, making no excuses for that goal. "Really, more music, films, everything. I want to go all the way." His smile grows into grin, testing the boundaries of a cresent fact that, up close, is small and sandpapery. His answers are the quick, flippant retorts of any 20-year-old, their tone mixed with the blase worldliness of someone who has spent half his life in the limelight.

Dressed in brown slacks and print shirt with a gray cavalry hat perched on a wayward Afro, Jackson leans back onto the bedpost. His brother, Marlon, 22, one of the original five who started out as the Jackson Five in 1969 and renamed themselves the Jacksons three year ago, joins the conversation. Three hours before the group will bring 20,000-plus fans to their feet, on a night when a reported 5,000 were turned away, Michael and Marlon are totally relaxed. In fact, they are cutting up like the Smothers Brothers.

"What! There aren't any girls downstairs," mocks Marlon, camouflaged behind sunglasses and a worn cream-colored jogging suit. From the corner, one of the managers announces that the lobby of the Sheraton Lanham Motor Inn was packed earlier in the day. "Well I guess they'd expect us to be at the Regency, or the 'Gate," says Michael (who is given to abbreviations: 'Gate for Watergate Hotel, 'tics for politics, 'Town for Motown Records, their first label).

Ten years ago, the Jacksons were all terribly green, painfully shy, leaving all the declarations to their father, Joseph Jackson. What they offered to the music scene were five blemishfree faces, heart-throbbing in their close-cut hair, chino pants and matching sports jackets. Out of Gary, Ind., they marketed bubble-gum soul, which brought them adulation and riches. But, even then, when they spoke, they were coy: their sound, explained one back then, "is a secret; too many people might find out and start doing it."

Now, with their youth no longer a salable part of the act (Randy, the youngest, is 16), the Jacksons have to compete with established male acts like the O'Jays and Commodores. "We have to strive to set trends, instead of following them," says Michael. They are succeeding. Their latest album, "Destiny" is certified platinum and has birthed two top 10 singles.

Yet 10 years has produced some changes. Chinos have been replaced by coordinated gold lame stitched into a medieval-futuristic combination. The screams have cultivated layers, from those whose years are marked by Jacksons' pin-ups and from a younger generation that can't be called bubble-gum, though that's its age and beat. In personnel, there have been alterations – one brother, Randy, substituting for another, Jermaine, who remained with Motown when the rest switched to CBS Epic Records.

But what has remained constant is the dominance of Michael Jackson. His career has gone further, expanding to movies with the role of the Scarecrow in "The Wiz," and joining the gossip mystique, escorting Tatum O'Neal. On stage Michael's dancing is an impeccable sample of disco and acrobatics, stylishly flamboyant and patterned. The packaging has killed the spontaneity but, nevertheless, three women were carried over the rails in dead faints during Michael's solos Saturday night.

"In Charlotte, it was a little unreal because they carried the girls out in stretchers across the stage," says Michael. That was Friday night, and a day later, he sounded slightly stunned. Marlon explains that they never get used to the screams, and Michael elaborates, "it honestly feels fresh each time."


September 19, 1983

By JEFF WILSON, United Press InternationalMiko-Brando-&-Jackson
"It appears singer Michael Jackson will continue to be one of the big trend-setters in music videos. Jackson is negotiating with film director John Landis, whose credits include "Animal House," "Trading Places" and an ill-fated "Twilight Zone" segment, to make a $500,000 video of Jackson's "Thriller." The video would be an extended, 10-minute clip of the title track to Jackson's recent album. It is not clear how the video will be used but Billboard magazine says discussions include showing "Thriller" in theaters, on network television or cable TV."

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Joanne Osinkowski Ontario Canada   June 30th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

Where were all these fans and friends when Micheal was being charged for child molestation ??? Hiding from and ignoring him. Nothing but a bunch of bloodsuckers and hypocrites. Shame on all of them!

lisa   June 30th, 2009 8:13 pm ET

I really believe that it is a good thing that Micheal had his father cut out of the will. Joe was very mean to his children when they were all growing up. I wish he would have given his children time to be kids. He should have letting them all play with other children. Maybe Micheal wouldn't have strangers around him and would have letting his own family enter his life more easily. Joe Jackson only wanted the money for himself. Am very thankful that Katherine is getting some of the money. She loved her child and children. Tell Joe God don't like greed or ugliness.

Elizabeth Cox   June 30th, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Larry why can't the media just report the news without destrying an entire family Michael Jackson was a human being found not guilty of any charges that were filed against him this is so unfare and it is sort of double jeapardy in a court of law besides Michael isn't here to defend himself. The media was the contributing factor to Michaels death you can't take a man's integrity, dignity. and strp him of his manhood publicly and expect him to recover And stll after contributing to Michaels death the new's media is now trying to kill his mother, father, children. sibblings his fans they are trying to take what-ever he earned and established for his family Mom & Children and put in on public display for any crook to seize how dare they. You the only fare and kind news host who always play fair in your reporting and not just about Michael Jackson but period. Thank You so much for not destroying people live's and trying to benefit (just for ratings or personal vendetta's) Keep reporting as you do we love your show.

Deeanna   June 30th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I just need to express how I feel about all the doctors in the world that contribute to getting our children on pain killers and it ends up with them in death. I have a daughter and this is what happened to her, the doctors put her on pain killers and now she can't get off them even in rehab. I do hope Michael Jackson's Mother gets his children, because they have grew up with Michael as thier Dad and the Jacksons as their family, so I am really praying that Mrs, Jackson gets the children it would be the right thing for all involved. Anyone else that would get them would be for money, but Mrs. Jackson would give them the proper up brinning and teach them like Michael would have wanted.
God Bless

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Thank you for giving Farrah her due time on the show. She was loved and adored by many people as well.

denise Nova Scotia   June 30th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

NeverLAND is gonna be the NEW GraceLAND

DawnMD   June 30th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Could you all please stop beating up on Michael Jackson?

I know he was controversial but he is dead and not here to defend himself.

You call Farrah Fawcett and Angel and then quickly turn to tearing apart Michael Jackson.

I am getting the impression that it does matter if you're "Black or White"

Did the media do this to Elvis and Marilyn Monroe?
They were just as controversial.

Marieno   June 30th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

Larry – thanks for the coverage of Michael Jackson it helps in the grieving

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Al is a very intelligent man, but he need not raise his arms like we just saw in the clip. He is too seasoned for that type of expression. He could have clapped, thats a little more in tune with his level of maturity. I don't know if he say himself, but it didn't look appropriate for a man of his stature.

Clara   June 30th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

With all due respect – why would you have Al Sharpton (sp) on your show? Nothing he says can be taken seriously, by either black or white. His existence spawns turmoil among the races.

mandy gosselin   June 30th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

I've been a Michael Jackson fan for years. I'm appalled at the way his father is acting, yet not surprised. I think the courts should appoint a guatdian to help look after his childrens interest. Joe Jackson had dollars signs in his eyes regarding Michael. I imagine the cash registers are rolling around in his head with what he could do with the King of Pop's children. These children are in danger of being exploited by their Grandfather.

Shierly   June 30th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Farrah was a beautiful women who many looked up to.

Trenda Person   June 30th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Michael Jackson will be greatly missed but it would be wonderful if the press would be human for once and respect this man. All these shows allowing monsters with missinformation hatered and rumors such as Diane Diamond and Jane Velez-Mitchel are loving this tragic loss and dancing on his grave. You as the hosts of these shows should be carefull of the things you allow them to spread on your show. The media Killed Michael Jackson.

Thooba   June 30th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

its sad that finally Michael Jackson is getting the respect that he deserves after a long period of time and he is not around to see it.

Michael your heart was as big as your music.

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

I loved Farrah she will be missed. She was a pretty lady and I remember her on Charlie's Angels. May her family find peace in this time or sorrow.

sue lomas   June 30th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

deepak chopra disclosed that Michael Jackson had Lupus
Why is nobody focusing on this and the pain, fatigue and insomnia that Lupus can cause? Not to mention the connection with heart disease.
Does anyone really care about Michael and what he was dealing with?
As a 55 year old with SLE since 11 years old, I am disgusted that you have not picked up on this and are interviewing people like Sharpton and not dealing with the real issues Michael faced. I used to be suspect of Michael as much as I enjoyed his talent. Now I know he was in real pain, fatigued and could not sleep. I regret not knowing this during his life and am thankful to Deepak Chopra for disclosing it and sickened that you have not investigated the information you were given. You have a Heart Foundation, how come you do not know the connection with Lupus and Heart Disease Larry?
Sue Lomas

Shierly   June 30th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

He was an awsome singer and his soul will survive forever! RIP you Will Always Be Missed but Never forgotteN!!

James S. Miller   June 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

I am so tired of all the Michael Jackson coverage. CNN should be ashamed. They and you, unlike other fair coverage news suppliers, have focused so much on this one entertainer as if it is really important news to the masses, that it is so obvious you are interested in ratings only. Is that what you are thinking?
I'm off to BBC!

Alice Hamilton   June 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Goodbye, sweet Michael. May your gentle spirit forever rest in peace.

ElishaNYC   June 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

RIP MJ. You're enormous contribution to our culture won't be forgotten!

Allyn   June 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Michael was a true musical genius! He was Gods gift to us all! May his gentle loving soul continue be an inspiration to the world! God bless you!

Karlene Segre   June 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Hi Larry!

I really believe Michael Jackson was the greatest talent that God created, I can think of none other to make this comparison. He was the best and will always be the best!!!!

The USA has lost a national treasure, one that was not treasured by the media and many others until now...que las tima!

Meg   June 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Every time I see the "young Michael" footage, I cry. RIP and peace.

james mcfadden   June 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

i feel terrible that michael has died as it brings back memories of my yourth, janis joplin, jim morrison and elvis. unfortunately, fame for some is EVIL and serves only to destroy them. rip

Dorothy Valentine   June 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Hi Larry:

The good that men do live on after them. The bad is interred in their bones.

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

These attorneys are cool as cumcumbers. Londell McMillan is awesome. He is soft spoken and very in control. Just what is needed in a time such as this.

Leslee Johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Micheal Jackson is Elvis in my time era and he wil forever change the way we dance ,sing and live.. R.I.P

Scrappy   June 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

He is finally at peace.

Denise Wronowski   June 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Good Evening Larry!

It is very sad how much the media is focusing on Michael Jackson's drug use. This great man was a Father, Son, Brother, Friend and a very talened artist/musician. It is quite obvious Michael died from cardiac arrest. Does it really matter what types of drugs he was using? What type of world have we become? To consume ourselves with other people's private/personal lives. Michael Jackson was the King of Pop. He has touched many lives and it is a shame what the media is trying to turn this into. Please let the family grieve. Give them their privacy. Celebrate his accomplishments and what he contributed to Life rather than proding and probing into areas where we don't belong. God Bless the Jackson Family.

Uso   June 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hi Larry – thank you for all the coverage of Michael Jackson! We will never get tired of hearing about Michael...thanks for reporting every minute up to date reports...thanks CNN we appreciate you!

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I am confused she said on Campbells's show that she was in the hospital when she talked to Michael. Her account has changed.

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

She did not say it happen 3 months ago on Campbell's show. It was a more recent account on Campbells's show. Londell is so on it....the proof is in the pudding. You have zero to validate her account.

Rosemary Mannone-Toogood   June 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

I am saddened by the death of Michael Jackson. I grew up listening and dancing to his music. He was of my idols and used to feel his pain when he sang Man in the Mirror, I always felt so sorry for him wondering why he couldn't see himself as the world saw him. I wish I could have been one of his friends that he could confide in about his health issues and personal problems. I will never forget Michael. He was magical when he performed and really gave his fans an excellent concert pouring his whole heart and soul into it. I will really miss him and my deepest condolences go out to his 3 children, his mom & dad, all his siblings, family and his friends who must be devastated and asking WHY? Michael I truly hope you are happy & at peace and enjoying all the love the world is giving you. You deserve it as you were a beautiful person with such a big heart and a gentle soul.

Rest in Peace King Michael
love you always
Rosemary Mannone-Toogood
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

david johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

how much is he worth$$$$$$

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

"Let's put it in context" beautiful.

david johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

How long do the law suits go on 1 year 10 years

Carmella   June 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Larry, can you ask Londell if he is married?

Seth   June 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET


What ever happened to HIPAA regulations prohibiting medical professionals from discussing any aspects of the care of their patients? How can nurses and doctors come on and talk about the various treatments they they did or did not administer to Michael Jackson?

I am sooo happy that Joe and Katherine will be in charge of their estate. As you can see from the footage of Katherine shopping at a Target store–which is a far cry from Michael's very expensive shopping sprees, Michael's estate will soon be listed on the Forbes 100 list of the wealthiest in this country. Joe and Katherine will not only stretch every dollar, but they will make sure every penny is accounted for. There is NOBODY better then them to accomplish that.

sue Lomas   June 30th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Last night Deepak Chopra, a well respected doctor disclosed that Michael Jackson suffered from Lupus.
Do you even know what that means? The pain, the fatigue, the insomnia? The connection with heart disease?
Why have you in the media ignored this?
I am 55 and have had lupus since I was 11, not even knowing what was wrong with me until 8 years ago.
Only now do I understand Michael Jacksons struggle. If I were not a Brit accused of having a stiff upper lip and "toughing it out" by a Dr. and refusing pain medication, because I knew I would have to take it constantly for months, and then years, I too might be addicted to pain meds.
Larry show some intellegence and get back to Deepak Chopra and shine some light on a very painful and exhausting condition. Shame on you for giving time to Sharpton and the like and totally missing the link that Deepak Chopra gave you.
Give a voice to Lupus and every person who watched your show and is wondering why you ignored it.
RIP Michael Jackson, I wish I had known how you suffered and not judged you on media coverage while you were alive.
Many Lupus patients are perfectionists and it was interesting to learn that traumatic childhoods could lead to this autoimmune disease, I identify with that, but had never heard it before last night.
Sue Lomas

david johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

how many law suits are presently going on now?

jack   June 30th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Many celebrities die of heart attacks from the drug nicotene. Tobacco kills about 400,000 each year in US from heart disease, cancers, and other lung illnesses etc. Why all the hoopla because of Michael's particular drug use. Some of the safest drugs, that have never had deaths attributed to them are actually illegal. So this jumping on Michael's drug use is just a stupid media sideshow.

david johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

please ask some of my?

Kelley   June 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

It is offensive, to me, to lead with "is Michael Jackson really the father" etc. etc. Not just from a legal standpoint, but as the life-long emotional and financial supporter, Michael Jackson is the father! That's like asking if the adoptive parent of a child is the "real" father. Shame on you, Larry King, to act like a tabloid with that question.

david johnson   June 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

and why did he not ever want to preform with his brothers for the last 30 years

Kelley   June 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

YES, Sue Lomas! Thank you, my sentiments exactly. I wrote something similar to Anderson Cooper. I have fibromyalgia and before Chopra even disclosed this info about Lupus, I thought that it sounded like MJ might have an autoimmune disorder.

Araina   June 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


Do you know MJ is and always will be respected by his fans and those who really love him. It is non of our business what he did to his skin, how much money he has, or who he owes.

It is none of our business who gets custody of his children. Do you even understand the impact all this bad publicity will have on his children or any child watching. the media is terrible and I have been sadden by the greed of people like you to belittle a person in life and in death. This man can not defend himself anymore any the media has NO RIGHT

Kevin Millen   June 30th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Micheal Jackson is a great entertainer. He will live forever like Elvis. Let's let him rest in Peace. Larry the post office general dude still hasn't corrected these people who stole plenty of packages. Larry King real breaking news come to me buddy.

Araina   June 30th, 2009 10:14 pm ET


Do you know MJ is and always will be respected by his fans and those who really love him. It is non of our business what he did to his skin, how much money he has, or who he owes.

It is none of our business who gets custody of his children. Do you even understand the impact all this bad publicity will have on his children or any child watching. the media is terrible and I have been sadden by the greed of people like you to belittle a person in life and in death. This man can not defend himself anymore any the media has NO RIGHT to deface his legacy. How dare you.
This is terrible. I hope you don't actually believe this nurse because this man has no reason to ask her anything when he has a doctor at hand. farther more the only way he could have gotten that drug is if someone took it from the hospital. I can't believe you have her on the air are you that diesperate for entertainment ratings? Did she steal it from the hospital and give it to him. Is he calling her because she was the nurse to put an IV in his arm before?
Larry if you going to take these kind of calls then ask the for proof and ask questions. Or just talk about something else.

sharon   June 30th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Larry, how can a nurse give you medical information about Micheal Jackson, there is a law HIPPA that protects medical records and prevents medical personnel to share medical information. This nurse broke the law and could be in trouble, the family can even sue her.

Araina   June 30th, 2009 11:01 pm ET


I don't understand this nurse you have on your show. Why would she speak now? As a nurse myself, I don't believe her response or tears to all of this. She is on your show violating his privacy.(hope the family sues her) My question for this young lady, isn't it your code of ethic to report this to the police? I am so surprised that she is allowed to continue to talk on your show.
You claim he had this drug in is possession why wouldn't you report this, it is ilegal for any doctor or pharmacy to perscribe this medication outside of this hospital because it is dangerous and can be fatal if the patient isn't monitored. There couldn't be any MD that would write such a prescription or a Phamacy that would give it ot him, because they would loose there professional licensure and pharmacy practice. I can't believe the media. enough already leave the man alone. I do believe the police should investigate this person and charge her for all the voilations she has just done. HIPPA Laws gives the family the right to sue you for deflamation of charcter. and patient confidentiality.

really she should keep her mouth shut I hope you didn't pay her. MJ we love you so much, we love you for you intelligence and your kindness, we loved you for your talent in music and in business. we loved you because you showed us loved and it doesn't matter what the media saids no one can take that away.
I can't believe you compared his death to Elvis who died of drug usage. Elvis didn't give the world what Mike gave us. Your name will always be honored.
This doctor should be in some sort of trouble. anyone of his profession knows in the first sign of distress you call for help, then proceede with CPR. there is no way the time lapse should have been a factor. He let him die and for that he should not be allowed to practice again in this life time. He is not a good doctor. I know heaven has open its doors for you MJ and may you rest in peace for your life seem to be a target of greed and hatred which you did not deserve.

Christine Williams   June 30th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

Hi Larry I watch your program every night and I have never made any comments. I agree 85% with how you are handling the coverage on Michael Jackson but think you should allow the public to greive with the positive attributes Michael made and acheived in life for the sake of his true fan and family. Leave the negative facts until after the funeral. What you say has a huge impact on the young and the old.We beleive in you and we trust you. I know you are stating fact but trust me some of the things you have said or done the timming was not right. You are doing a good job. I like it better when you do an excellent job even more.You can not alwayssatisfy everyone but ethink about the Children forget the fans! I still love you just as I did before this coverage

Christine Williams   June 30th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Larry I think you should cover Michael's story the way you would want your life story to be covered! Nothing more nothing less than whAT YOU WOULD WANT THE MEDIA TO SAY ABOU YOU!

Mary from Louisiana   July 1st, 2009 12:03 am ET

Good evening Larry,

THANKS for the coverage. Could you please cover more on the many charities that Michael worked with. Michael loved children so much,
and did so much for sick children and their charities,
Michael was much more than a Pop Star!
He had a huge heart and sadly, that same huge heart is what took him
away from his children. So very very sad. I cried for 4 days,

We will all love Michael for ever. He WAS one of a kind for sure!

Karlene Segre, Jamaica   July 1st, 2009 12:08 am ET

I believe the nurse was providing Mike with the drug she mentioned, she worked in a hospital where she could have easy access to it...would anyone say no to MJ after he made a request. I don't believe her at all, she needs to be investigated!

WONDERMAN   July 1st, 2009 12:09 am ET


Karlene Segre, Jamaica   July 1st, 2009 12:10 am ET


I totally agree with Christine Williams and Mary from the positives about him man, he deserves that in death, since he never got it in life!

Mary from Louisiana   July 1st, 2009 12:11 am ET

Ditto for LISA,(blogger)

Michael lived a tortured life because of YOU

You are a selfish, greedy, controlling, father. God help you Joe Jackson, God help you.
All who loved Michael detest you right now!!!
We, as Michael's fans need to ask everyone to not EVER buy any artist's music signed onto your label.

New Orleans   July 1st, 2009 12:15 am ET

As deep and strong as Michael's fans' love goes for him,
Just as deep and strong hatred for Joe Jackson will be...

Although he probably won't be there, has to promote his new record
label, no more Michael to sustain Joe's lifestyle!

DawnMD   July 1st, 2009 12:15 am ET

Maybe I missed it but I don't remember seeing Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson at Michael Jackson's child molestation trial.

Why are now so concerned with preserving his legacy.
I appreciate what their doing but they are a bit hypotrical, aren't they?

Also, I don't think they should have the memorial/funeral at Neverland this Friday. That location is not zoned for such an event and even though I loved Michael Jackson like anyone else, I would not want that many people next door to my house.

Michael Jackson even said he would never return there since the trial.
Why don't they have it in downtown L.A.? Since the city is broke it would be a good way to funnel dollars into the city with attendees patronizing the local restaurants, etc.

daiba Sala   July 1st, 2009 12:17 am ET

Want to know what killed michael jackson, or assisted in his death? The media! You dogged him in life, now you're dogging him in death. Haven't you done enough? To me you are just as guilty as someone who would take a gun and shoot someone. only difference, you aren't held accountable and I think that should change.
There were 2 other deaths but michael is the only one getting drug through the mud. Wonder why.

New Orleans   July 1st, 2009 12:18 am ET


Spread the word:

Everyone, please do not sign with Joseph Jackson's record label,
please don't.

Dwight Ferland   July 1st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Joe Jackson Just wants some of Michaels money. He is like a bloodhound on the sent of money!!

Karlene Segre, Jamaica   July 1st, 2009 12:22 am ET

James S. Miller...why don't you watch Aljazeera too? Who do you think you are? You haven't started to imagine how many lives MJs music have touched positively all over the world...he deserves the coverage he is getting and more!!!

Derek Ramos   July 1st, 2009 12:29 am ET

Michael Jackson was a great guy. I grew up on the same street in Encino and used to walk my dog down the street and talk to his security guard. One day his security guard told me that he trained dogs and that he would love the oppotunity to use my Dovermin Pintcher on duty while at the Jackson's Encino home. I said that would be great he then told me he would need to ask the family if he could do that and went behind the gate to ask, the next thing I new was Michael came out to talk to me and I was in shock. We talked for hours and exchanged numbers that evening when I arrived home Michael called me and we started a great relationship. Afterword Michael & I went to Disneyland together with my brother Ronald Ramos & my friend Eric Cafferio Michael did not like to drive on the freeway so he asked my brother to drive his Rolls , my brother was only 16 or 17. We had a great time and danced at the park while a group sang one of his Off The Wall songs. when he had his Victory tour Michael sent a messanger to my house to deliver tickets to all of the shows at the Form and I was able to hang out with Michael and Randy who was friend with my brother Ron and of course the rest of the family , it was like a dream. My friend Eric & I used to ride out BMX bikes up the street and Michael would drive up and throw our bike in the back seat and we would drive around for hours and talk. While we were driving around he was comming up with ideas for songs for a new album he was working on which ended up being Thriller. I'll never forget we asked him what the song was called and he told me Billy jean I remember I laughed and thought it was a funny name. I have so many fond memories and I am in shock still to hear of his passing he had such a great influence in my life as a young boy.
I will really miss him even though I have not talked to him in a long time.


Michaels friend Derek Ramos

Dwight Ferland   July 1st, 2009 12:30 am ET

God bless Michaels mother that woman put up with a lot over the years. I believe she truly wants the best for Michaels children as she did for all her kids. Too bad she put up with Joe Jackson for all the tears. We love you Mom.

daiba Sala   July 1st, 2009 12:34 am ET

The nurse is lying. Her story has changed. If she is a nurse, she would know what this drug was. looking for her 2 mins of fame!

Alexis B   July 1st, 2009 12:36 am ET

I am now watching Larry King who I have watched for years with my family and cannot believe what I am hearing about Michael Jackson the King of pop, all his wonderful music .. true, all his talent in dance.. very true... such a waste of talent. He is praised like President Kennedy, like President Clinton, the two womanizers that are held in such high esteem. I do not know what the world is coming to. Just because a man has talent and money how can the teens of today and other adults that knew him not comment on his child molestation situations. Twenty million dollars to one family, found not guilty on seven other counts, this makes him a martyr? If Michael were a regular on the street joe he would be in jail long ago but money and talent speaks I guess. Give some more time to Farrah Faucett, not a total innocent for sure like the rest of us, but a wonderful actress, a loving person and a fine woman who struggled so long with cancer . She has the bad luck of dying when MIchael died and I can't believe that the world grieves not the loss of talent in each person but the loss of the person Michael Jackson... unbelieveable. Thank you for listening, Alexis....

daiba Sala   July 1st, 2009 12:39 am ET

God bless you Derek Ramos! those are the stories I wish they would report on instead of dragging him through the mud.

New Orleans   July 1st, 2009 12:41 am ET

Poor Michael>

When I think about the hellish life his father forced upon him,
I cannot help but to get very sad.

Michael's whole life was hard and he could not even sleep in his last
months. May he be resting in peace FINALLY!!!

Douglas B. Jones   July 1st, 2009 12:42 am ET

I would like to express that I feel anger concerning tha death of Michael Jackson. I was his private chef for the month of May and I can truly say that Mr. Jackson was a very respectful and kind man to be employed by. He loved my style of cooking which is new american cuisine, and Mr. Jackson, his kids, doctor and staff would compliment me on a consistant basics. He was eating meals consistantly as well as working out and rehersing dance moves for his concert tour in his home during the month of may. The last three weeks of his life I know nothing about, The Jackson home was a very relaxing and peaceful home to work in for me, there would be music playing throughout the day and through out the kitchen which I loved. It was a high point in my life as well as culinary career and "NO ONE" can ever take the pleasure and honor away from me, thank you.

Chef: Douglas B. Jones

san francisco   July 1st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Michael Jackson's death, as well as that of countless others, was untimely and not respective of any holiday. When people die, they are funeralized and buried, usually, within a week. It is appropriate, given the number of days since Michael Jackson's demise, that the memorial services go forward. The question "why Independence Day weekend " seems that this weekend was "picked" and insinuates that there is intent to intentionally create havoc. To put the memorial services off any longer, especially since there will be remains present, would be inappropriate.

New Orleans   July 1st, 2009 12:47 am ET

To Derek Ramos:

Thank you for letting Michael be a kid and enjoy your time together.
Treasure those memories. Thank goodness Joe did not know
you guys were being children!

I know that Michael looked back on those times with you and
smiled. Thank you for loving Michael.
He was a loving, gentle, giving soul and an angel in heaven
right now. God Bless him...

Mary   July 1st, 2009 12:55 am ET

To all frustrated Bloggers:

Do not worry about the media reporting all the negative
about Michael, they are just doing their job, cover all angles.
We, all the true loyal fans, (myself, fan of over 4 decades)
know in our hearts what a loving, sharing, caring, giving
man he was. How he looked, what he did to his body, all that
was not in his control, his abusive father is to blame for the
tortured life poor Michael had to live.
Michael did not have a choice, that is obvious...

daiba Sala   July 1st, 2009 1:03 am ET

Thank you for that lisa, Douglas B. Jones.
Alexis, you need to crawl back into whatever hole you crawled out of. Michael jackson was not just an entertainer, he was a true humanitarian, and its people like you that has taken credit away from him by buying into all the false accusations and lies that people continue to tell even though the man is gone. If Michael Jackson was a common Joe, those FALSE accusations would have never been made. So you are unbelievable in making such a hateful remark . But you can be assured of one thing, you don't have to worry about seeing "such a person" in the afterlife, from what I've been taught, they don't allow people with such a heart as yours into heaven!!!!

Mary   July 1st, 2009 1:08 am ET

Michael loved making his fans happy.
He lived for his fans.
He was only happy with his children and while on stage.
This was the only happiness Michael knew.
His father was nothing but misery to him.
Recall the Oprah interview?
Michael was scared of his father. Joe Jackson is just like the
other controlling abusive persons that use fear and intimidation
to get what they want.
Now, only Joe knows how bad Michael truly had it. We only know
what Michael was able to disclose. The rest was probably too painfull
for Michael to re-live.
R.I.P. Michael Jackson 1958-2009
We will all miss you...

Mary M.   July 1st, 2009 1:16 am ET

Mr. King,

Please display Michael's will on tomorrow's program
I know that Michael's loyal fans want to see it in black and white
that Joseph Jackson did not get a dime.

Hopefully, he got his just deserts...

New Orleans   July 1st, 2009 1:23 am ET

All Media employees:

Please stop saying that Michael will now be worth more in death
than he was during his life.

The only person that cares about what he is now worth is
his father, Joseph Jackson.

DEREK RAMOS   July 1st, 2009 1:42 am ET

Since finding an 11-foot Burmese python
slurping water from an Encino swimming
pool Wednesday night, City of Los Angeles
Animal Regulation department officers
have received 24 phone calls from people
claiming the wayward serpent.
"Everyone of them said they had lost a
python," Lt. Tim Goffa said Friday. "1 hope
that doesn't mean there are more than 20
out there [loose]." Rather, Goffa theorized,
some 0f the callers heard the initial reports

owner wasn't found."
Actually, the slither-away, described as
"looking a little thin," will be auctioned off
if its master isn't determined in the next
So far, no one has come forward with
proof of ownership, not even the Pasadena
man who phoned officers to explain that he
had accidentally flushed his python down
the toilet just the other day,
Captured python, described as "looking a Iittle
thin caretaker John Gibbs at Chatsworth shelte:
wildlife officer with,the department. a
photo could be considered
evidence. Even better would be a bill of
sale." .
The officers theorize that the captured
Burmese was a pet because it was so docile
when spotted by the residents of a house on
Hayvenhurst Aven. Sent to inspect,
Officer Eric Gardne . took one look at the
snake and radioed for assistance. But while
he was waiting, the python tried to slither

One python owner who did not~call was
singer Michael Jackson, who lives near the
site of the capture and has a wildlife permit
for a Burmese python named Muscles.
"We called Mr. Jackson's office, and they
said the· Jackson snake was OK Goffa
Claiming the lost Burmese will not be a
simple matter,
It was hard to copy this and put it into the blog but this was my snake and since I had no bill of sale because my friend Eric gave me the snake because his mother would not allow him to have it. And since I did not have a proper cage I was scared to claim the snake . The snake got loose and went next door to my neighbors pool . I later called Michael and told him the snake was mine and he laughed and said I should have known it was yours .
It was a fun time and another great memory


Derek Ramos

Bryan   July 1st, 2009 5:26 am ET

Larry King! New topic please! Who's your next guest? MJ's plumber?

joey henry   July 20th, 2009 11:04 am ET

Michael Jackson will always be around. Even when nobody thinks he is, he is. He is a legend and nothing can ever change that.

Dodie   May 25th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

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(96-hr) Mysidopsis
(48-hr) Prudhoe Bay
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COREXIT® EC9527A 4.49 6.60 37.40 63.40 50.40
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JD-109 3.84 3.51 26.00 91.00 58.50
JD-2000™ 3.59 2.19 60.40 77.80 69.10
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SEA BRAT #4 23.00 18.00 53.55 60.65 57.10
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