Friday, June 25, 2010

Michael Jackson: One Year Later

It seems as if almost no time has passed since the death that rocked the entire world to its core. June 25th, 2009 is a day that went down in history as the world lost arguably the greatest entertainer of all time.

Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of not just an icon, but the icon. While clearly not on the same catastrophic or political scale, I think that like the assassination of JFK and 9/11, everyone remembers where they were and who they were with when they heard about the death of Michael Jackson. I was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my cousin's wedding and had just woken up from a nap. My phone was overflowing with messages, which I assumed were about my LSAT score that had just been posted. I was not expecting or prepared for the influx of "did you hear? Michael Jackson DIED" that I received. I sprinted downstairs into the living room to where the rest of my family was already sitting, watching the continuing news stream and confirming all of the messages my friends had sent. Michael was gone.

My last semester of college, I had the privilege to take a class on Michael Jackson at The University of Michigan (yes, this was a real, three-credit class). Not only did I get the chance to learn about and celebrate his life, success, and some of his mistakes, I was given the opportunity to experience the many faces of Michael Jackson's fans. Even for U of M, which boasts being an extremely diverse university, my class had a very wide range of people, all who met for three hours every Tuesday to delve further into Michael's life. All in all, I'd say it was an eye-opening experience and it confirmed that there is definitely not just one type of Michael fan; he touched everyone who heard his music in some way.

Michael Jackson was not just the King of Pop, as he was to millions around the world. He was a son to his parents Joe and Katherine, a sibling to his five brothers and three sisters, a husband to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe, a father to his children Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket, and a friend to many others.

Rest in Peace, Michael. The Moonwalk lives on, we miss you,
and you will never be forgotten.

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