Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Technology and Business
Michael Jackson passed on Jun 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
 
I’ll go out on a limb:  Michael Jackson was the most beloved entertainer of all time.
 
Elvis.  The Beatles.  Mohammad Ali.  Michael Jordon.  Tiger Woods.  Of course these are all worldwide megastars.
 
But none were/have been a worldwide megastar every single decade of their lives.
 
As an entertainer, Michael Jackson benefited from decades of media exploding into our lives:  portable cassette tapes… MTV… the CD… entertainment magazines… big budget TV commercials… the Internet… the iPod.  He was the fuel that drove these.
 
Because we are nearly the same age, I’ve had the unique vantage of watching him step-by-step.
 
Michael Jackson was talented — odd — tragic — destructive — though we’ll never really know the true nature of his crimes.
 
What we do know is he was unlike any other entertainer the world has ever seen.
 
I don’t think he was misunderstood… but I think what he had to live through was absolutely incomprehensible by normal people.
 
Thank you for the music, Michael.  Rest in peace.
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