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Goodbye Michael Jackson 
25th-Jun-2009 07:40 pm
His Masters Voice Cartoon

Michael before the "is he black or white?" days.

Michael was just about this age, as were the other Jackson's, when I went to deliver video tapes to the family. It was 1972, and the family owned a top-of-the-line Sony video tape recorder. It allowed them to record in glorious black and white on expensive 1" reel-to-reel tape.

It was a gated community in Encino, and I was happy that no cop had pulled me over for interrogation, as I had a long beard and long hair, and was traveling slowly, attempting to read addresses. Of course, the "Smith & Larsen TV Repair" logo on the side of the truck, probably helped.

I'm not sure which one Michael was, since I met all 5 at the same time. But they did smile at me, and acknowledged that I had the biggest beard that they had ever seen, besides Santa. I bellied my best Santa laugh, and headed back to Van Nuys.

Here's to you, Michael.
27th-Jun-2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
The Jacksons went to public high school, it was well known that 'The Jacksons' were students at my high school, although I never met any of them, as the older ones were seniors the year I started. But they were the only black family in an area that was mainly Jewish, the rest of us being WASPs.
28th-Jun-2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Wasps? I've never heard you buzz.
28th-Jun-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have <EFG>
8th-Jul-2009 08:45 am (UTC)
I was hoping that in the funeral, someone would mention that Michael really loved the bearded man who delivered his video tapes, and dedicated a part of the Netherland ranch as a gift, but alas...I'm just a lost memory.

Just some poor, grubby delivery boy, not worthy of mention.
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