Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Thursday Thirteen #42 . . . 13 Michael Jackson and J5 Memories . . .

1) Getting 3 J5 albums for Christmas

2) Stacking my J5 albums on a turntable and listening to them one after the other

3) Somebody screaming "The Jackson Five are on TV!" and everybody running inside so as not to miss another spin, turn or lyric

4) Arguing with my best friend over which one of us was gonna marry Michael Jackson

5) Watching the J5 cartoon on Saturday morning

6) Buying any books or teen magazines I see on the newstands which have a story or pictures of MJ and/or the Jackson Five

7) Adorning my walls with posters of Michael and the J5

8) Making scrapbooks with pictures of Michael and the J5

9) Michael Jackson's appearance on the Dating Game

10) Michael Jackson doing the Robot to "Dancing Machine"

11) Michael Jackson doing the Moon Walk to "Billie Jean"

12) Missing the "old" Michael long before his death

13) Listening to my son play "I'll Be There" on this alto sax approximately an hour before the news of Michael Jackson's death hit the airwaves

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14 comments:

Janet said...

It really is just so sad. I love the J5 as a kid, but my favorite was Jermaine :-)

Alice Audrey said...

I remember watching the J5 cartoon. I liked Michael best.

The Gal Herself said...

I loved this! I remember teen fan magazines that wondered if there was a feud between the Jacksons and the Osmonds ... "Got to Be There" and "Ben" and "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and agreeing with my friends that he would be just fine without his brothers ... then being on a beer run and seeing the Motown 25 "Billie Jean" performance for the first time on a small black and white TV behind the counter at Walgreen's. When I got back to the party, EVERYONE was talking about the moonwalk. How poignant about your son and the sax solo. Like you, I missed Michael long before he died.

Malcolm said...

Along with the ones that you listed, some of my favorite MJ memories are:

1. The cardboard cutouts of the J5 records on the backs of cereal boxes.

2. Seeing the video for "Beat It" for the first time on "Solid Gold"

3. The Jacksons' variety series

4. The 30th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in 2001

5. Watching my brother's DVD of the "Dangerous" tour

6. His surprise appearance with NSYNC at the MTV Video Awards in 2001

Sarah said...

i still cant believe he is gone, he was such a talented artist. His music will never be forgotten.

Hazel said...

I love your no. 4. It somehow eased my heavy heart. Last night I moaned about MJ's autopsy report to a doctor friend hoping to hear scientific-sounding replies. We ended up on the lyrics of "She's out of my life" and warned ourselves it could be us singing "He's out of my life" if we didn't sort out the present state of our relationships. I love your list, really all of it!

jillconyers said...

Great T13!!

One thing I remember as if it were yesterday. Meeting at a friend's house to see the release of the Thriller video. It was a big deal! Had to laugh at #9. Totally forgot about that :)

I am Harriet said...

Duh. took me a minute to get the J5 thing. Nice list.

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Pamela Kramer said...

Honestly it's hard to believe he is gone. I was always amazed that his career began at the age 5. He's an amazing talent and he certainly did leave his mark on the world. I'm curious to see if any of his children will follow in his footsteps.

Julia Smith said...

Great memories - I had similar magazine fixes for The Bay City Rollers, believe it or not.

His early stuff with the Jackson Five is my favorite. 'Got to Be There' and 'I Want You Back'.

storyteller said...

Timely 13 this week ... Michael Jackson will be missed but his contributions will live forever.
Hugs and blessings,

Devilish Southern Belle said...

Well....I loved what Michael was before the weirdness set in. I remember the videos from the Thriller album, especially the video for Thriller itself, being absolutely groundbreaking.

Just here via TT!

Carleen said...

I watched the J5 cartoon on Saturday mornings, too, but I was planning on marrying Marlon. ;)

Thanks for sharing the memories.

bettye griffin said...

Like Janet, I was a Jermaine girl back in the day, too (but 40 years later he'd be my last pick).

I so feel you on #10 and especially #12!