I know this is a few days late but it's worth it.
Even though Michael's private life as of late took over his career and changed the way people saw him, I still find him to be one of the most significant entertainers of our time. He's influenced so much of our culture. He always reinvented himself and was never afraid to take chances. Things like "Thriller", the moon walk, and his glove made its impression on us and has shown up in much of our lives. His music videos constantly were pushing the limits and setting new standards for other artists. Even now, being exposed so much technology, I can see the true genius of his work.
It wasn't until he died that i realized how much he actually did impact me. I did not get the chance to watch his career grow and experience the evolvement of his music but even now, after so many years, i can look back at his work and tell how record breaking they truly are.
I was exposed to Michael when we were starting to shake the 80's. I can remember being incredibly young, a few years before kindergarten, and always asking my baby sitter to play "I'm bad". At that time and for many years afterwards I thought that, that music video was a movie. Me and all of my buddy's, especially me, would watch the video with worshipping eyes. We would then flip the channels just in time to watch Sailor Moon and craze over it until we went home. We would then come back to day care the next day and repeat the whole thing over again.
I also often remember scenes from the music video "Leave me alone". I loved it.
I do find it sad that he died just before his huge come back tour. I refuse to have my perspective of him be hazed by tabloids and gossip. I respect his musical career and there's no denying the fact that he is the King of Pop. He will always live on in my heart.
R.I.P Michael Jackson
Also not to be forgotten:
Ferrah Fawcett (6-25-09)
Billy Mays (6-28-09)
Ed McMahon (6-23-09)