Today is the 5th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. I remember being in disbelief upon hearing the news and remember exactly where I was. About to leave work when a co-worker told me “Michael Jackson is dead.” I told her to stop playing but she stood by her statement. I immediately jumped on the computer to scan every news outlet I could find to see if it was true. None of the major news sources would either confirm or deny his death. Finally I went to TMZ (they usually have the lowdown on everything pop culture) and they were reporting that in fact Michael had passed.
As soon as I arrived home from work I turned on every TV set in the house to confirm TMZ’s account. While I was waiting I got on the phone to call my sister in Detroit – my hometown. I couldn’t reach her so next I called my best friend, she was on the phone with her nephew trying to console him because she had taken him to his first Michael Jackson concert. The whole city of Detroit was buzzing. The news hit everyone like a ton of bricks. I later found out from my sister that she, along with everyone else in town was at the mall buying up everything Michael. CDs, DVDs, memorabilia. Anything to feel closer to the brother we lost.
Growing up in Motown we considered Michael ours. The Jackson 5 was signed to Motown Records in 1969 and had their 1st single, “I Want You Back” hit number one in 1970. I still remember my first Jackson 5 concert in junior high school. Olympia Stadium. I was hoarse for the next 2 days.
It’s hard to believe that 5 years have passed, but they have and I still miss Michael.
Share some memories with me.