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THE “HUMAN NATURE” OF MICHAEL JACKSON

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Date of birth:  August 29, 1958 at 7:33 P.M. (CST).  It was a Friday.

  • Birth name:  Michael Joe Jackson.   His driver license and his passport both indicate this name. Still, most often he is referred to as “Michael Joseph Jackson.”
  • Other names considered for him at birth were “Ronald” or “Roy.”
  • His name in Chinese is this:  迈克尔.  (I don’t know how it is pronounced —  help me out if you do).
  • His name in Russian is spelled: Майкл Джексон.
  • His name in Saudi Arabia is Mikaeel.
  • HATED to be called “Jacko.” He voiced his strong dislike against this moniker countless times in interviews, but the tabloid insisted on taunting him and referred to him by that name — and still does even to this day.  Many attempts were made on his part to refute media misrepresentations up until the end of his life.
  • Height (at age 50):  69 inches (1.75 meters)
  • Weight (at age 50) 136 lbs (61.7 kilogram)
  • Eyes color: brown
  • Blood type: B
  • Shoe size:  9.5 (US). Michael loved to wear the same type of black penny loafers.
  • Waist-line: 28 inches
  • Was ticklish.
  • Had unprecedented skill at finger snapping, which often was highlighted in his short films.
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  • Both Tito and Jermaine recall that Michael had long fingers at birth.  Tito recalls Michael was sucking his fingers for a long time.  Jermaine recalls that Michael was a very active baby and always tried to slip away from him when he tried to change his diaper.
  • His mother recalled catching 2-year old Michael with his baby bottle in hand dancing to the sound of a broken noisy washing machine.
  • Never had professional training in dancing or singing (although he did work with a voice coach during concert tours).
  • His vocal range was nearly four octaves from two E’s below middle C, to two B’s above middle C, or 44 notes. He had perfect pitch.
  • He always sang scales to warm up.
  • Before singing he would drink piping hot drink with cough drops to relax his vocal chords.
  • He didn’t learn how to read or write music and never learned to play instruments proficiently.
  • He dictated all of his songs on various recording machines (even on telephone voicemails).
  • He was a talented beat-boxer.
  • When he wrote a song, he first always started on the melody.  He often said that music normally just came to him from God.  The entire composition would get into his head and then he would put it down on tape.  He brought lyrics into it later, but stated that certain words came directly with the melody.
  • His motto was “Let the song create itself.”
  • He often recorded songs with the lights off or dimmed in the studio not to feel self-conscious.  As he sang, he also always danced, stomped or snapped his fingers.
  • Whenever he was told “I love you”,  he always replied “I love you more”.  He learned the phrase “I love you more” in several different languages.
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  • Everyone who ever worked with Michael would describe him as down-to-earth, professional, humble, very polite, having a good sense of humor and an infectious captivating laugh.
  • Rarely used curse words and even then only if he was upset or in the context of a joke.  Michael was never profane in public.
  • 12-year old Michael received a $7 per week allowance from the group earnings of the Jackson 5.  He did chores at home like any regular kids.
  • As a child, he and his siblings would clean the house and sing.  Loved to vacuum.
  • He regarded James Brown as his biggest musical inspiration.
  • Was an avid reader and had over 20,000 books in his own library.
  • After his 2005 criminal trial, Michael would not watch cable TV or live broadcast.He only would read The Wall Street Journal every morning which was unlikely to post tabloid rumors about him.
  • Had e-mail accounts with AOL and Google’s Gmail.
  • Often ordered packages from Amazon.com.
  • He liked to browse for merchandise in the Salvation Army.  He was an excellent negotiator for bargains and discounts no matter what the asking price was.
  • Had a childlike fascination with rhinestones.
  • Had an extra rib.
  • Had a sweet tooth.  Loved candies, lollipops and gums.  His favorite gums were Bazookas.
  • Was allergic to giraffes and horses.
  • Liked to keep his room temperature at a very high degree as he was proned to feel cold most of the time.
  • Had trouble with parallel parking.
  • Called 9-1-1 once when he had a flat tire.  9-1-1 operator hung up on him when he stated his name was Michael Jackson. Because Michael called back asking for further assistance, the operator told him that he would be cited for “misuse of emergency hotline” and “for impersonating a famous person.”
  • Wore non-prescription reading glasses that he normally purchased at Rite Aid, Walgreens or other convenience stores.
  • Was a non-smoker.
  • Always packed his own bags and suitcases.
  • Traveled with a hardwood floor in a road case so he could practice his dance moves no matter he went.
  • Wore armband to bring attention to and as a reminder of all the children suffering over the world.
  • Slept with lights on and classical music playing.
  • Never wore a bathing suit after being diagnosed with vitiligo.  He wore pajama pants and t-shirt in the pool.
  • Was scared of dogs, especially small “yappers.”
  • He loved traditional turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams and — his personal favorite — cranberry sauce.
  • His favorite junk food place was KFC.  He would take the skin off the chicken and then jokingly comment “now I made it organic.”
  • He made several drawings and sketches of Chaplin and he visited Chaplin’s widow in Switzerland during his tour.
  • Was a great admirer of Walt Disney.  Both Disney and Michael had their own mini trains.
  • Was a great admirer of Fred Astaire. Astaire called him after his television performance debuting “Moonwalk” and called Michael a “hell of a dancer.”
  • Loved comic books and superheroes.  His favorite character was “Morph” from X-Men.
  • Had cameo appearance in “Men in Black” as “Agent M.”
  • Proposed marriage to Brooke Shields, but she did not accept his proposal.
  • Last song performed by Michael  was “Earth Song” on the evening of June 24, 2009, at Staples Center during rehearsals for the “This Is It” 50-concert tour.
  • Last meal of Michael was some orange juice (an unfinished bottle was found at his bedside).  Kai Chase, Michael’s chef, testified at trial that she prepared white bean soup for Michael, but he never consumed it.
  • Last words spoken by Michael – according to testimony from Dr. Conrad Murray given to the police on June 27, 2009 – “Dr. Conrad, please …  I need to sleep.  Just make me sleep.  Doesn’t matter what time I get up. I can’t function if I don’t sleep.  They will have to cancel [the tour] … and I don’t want them to cancel it.”
  • Date of death:  June 25, 2009 at 14:26 PST. It was a Thursday.
  • The news of Michael death on June 25, 2009, temporary crashed prominent websites like Wikipedia, Google and AOL.
  • Michael was laid to rest on September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California at the Great Mausoleum’s Holly Terrace, Sanctuary of Ascension.  His private funeral took place after sunset with a Jehovah’s Witness service.  Michael’s grave is closed to the public, only visitors pre-approved by the family are allowed to pay their personal respect at his gravesite.
  • One Rose for Michael is an annual remembrance organized by www.mjworld.net started in 2010.  You can contribute toward creating a beautiful flower arrangement for Michael on the anniversary date of his death. The flowers are placed at the Grand Mausoleum in Forest Lawn, Glendale, on June 25, and the next day they are given away for various charities.
  • In June 1984, Michael set his hand and footprints in cement for part of the Las Vegas Walk of Fame Project – which was later canceled.  The full-size 30″ x 30″ slab – weighing 500 lbs cement slab was up for sale at an auction recently.
  • On January 26, 2012, Michael’s three children impressed Michael’s hand and footprints (using Michael’s glove and shoes to make the impression) at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.  Justin Bieber paid tribute to Michael at this ceremony.
  • THRILL THE WORLD is an annual international dance event – originally started in 2006 – in which participants (from pre-teens to the elderly) simultaneously re-enact the famous zombie dance seen in Michael’s short film “Thriller.” The most recent Thrill The World event took place on October 27, 2012.

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