I was about 10 years old, one christmas back in the days when you was grateful for receiving a book for christmas. I opened a Moonwalke book bought by my Auntie, being that young i didn't fully understand the full concept of the contents. I admired the pictures more than the words. It was Michael Jackson's book' and that's all i cared about.
The next came the presents of Lps, more books and the dolls, of which i today regret ripping out of their boxes in eagerness of wanting to play with them...Now my Barbie dolls had a real boyfriend yay great lol! If only i hadn't taken MJ's clothes off to re-dress him for his night out on the Barbie bus followed by lunch at Barbie's Starlight cafe, unfortunately my collection of MJ dolls are rather miss matched in clothing styles today.
The grammy awards doll has his glove, his microphone, his socks, jacket, vest, loafers and his glasses but has lost his gold pants (I know, i know shocking hehehe, anyone know why the dolls came with no underwear? ):S The gold pants are today replaced with a pair of AMA trousers, which should be on the other doll but....(would really appreciate it if anyone could let me know where i can find a pair of gold pants please).
..The other doll was once the AMA doll, unfortunatly back in the days Michael Jackson liked nothing more than to sit with his girl on the porch of Barbie's beach house with his Pepsi in one hand, and Barbie's hand clasping his other hand. Somewhere around this point is where MJ the AMA doll lost all his clothes and today sits with just a pair of beach shorts on.
The other dolls i have from back in the day are
Thriller doll complete , Bad doll complete, BoW talking doll is still in the box due to the fact it had too many of those fiddly wires to undo,(my children takes the non singing version wherever they go) The beat it clothing and chip is still boxed too...Barbie at this time in life had been told to 'go do one' by Michael Jackson ;D ..although over the years he stayed close to the ice skating Barbie model of which is today in a box of childhood memories somewhere.
The books, and 7in Lps from 1972, 1980's and 90's where from friends of the family and given to me long before i could understand the words, knew how to play the records. Books, 12in Lps, dolls from 80's, some given, others presents. 12in Lp, 90's Tour merchandise and dolls, bought has presents given to me by long distant family has gifts and presents. By the time i was a teenager i had a middle sized bookcase dedicated to Michael Jackson.
The first time i bought anything MJ related was from my pocket money, i saved for a whole month and two weeks nearly to buy the double Dangerous Lp..If the lady who gave me the £2.00 i was short is out there, i haven't forgotten your generosity even 20 years later.
Have dolls and other MJ memorabilia bought after 2009- Thriller, Billie Jean and Dangerous tour doll, playing cards, the list continues to grow into a collection ....
When people say "Don't judge a book by it's cover", do they really understand what it means? I thought I did until I started studing about Michael Jackson. When I started studing him I thought he was someone who had a popular album, and then turned into a fruitcake. I was wrong. The truth is there is so much more to Michael Jackson then that. I started researching him all through his life his ups and downs, and everything in between. And I found out that he was not strange at all he was really just someone who was misunderstood, and was very much alone.
To this day I still feel bad about it because I judged a man before I even learned about him. But luckily I learned about him before he passed away so I did know the truth. But some did not have that chance. But people are going to believe what they want to hear. I do believe he was truly a wonderful man, but sadly some people will never know.
I became a FAN in 1993, after the release of Dangerous, after listening to the songs Will You Be There and Keep the Faith. I was attracted to these songs because I was suicidal from the ages of 9-13. It's not that I didn't like life or myself but I was teased day in and day out and bullied by my peers. My teachers and other school officials didn't do anything about it and I didn't let my mother in on it because she had her own issues to deal with. My grandmother, my rock, died when I was 9. I wanted to go with her. I didn't want to face my peers, just to be teased, stared at, hit, pushed, have things thrown at me because I was physically different from them!! I didn't want to deal with that so I stopped (basically) going to school in 6th, & 7th grade. In these grades I was also suspended 2 times for defending myself.
The King of Pop, Mj, Applehead, DooDoo head. We knew Michael as so many names, but I like Angel the best. Sadly people knew him as "The pedophile" and "The child molester" Which are both wrong. I wish people would have seen the real side of Michael. The caring one, the children - loving one, the one who loved everyone no matter their race, size, or backgrouds. He didn't care where you came from. He loved you. What people didn't realize is that he had a horrible childhood. His father told him he hated him, and did everything he could to bring little MJ down. Nothing stopped Michael from loving though. Have you ever actually listened to the words of his songs? In "Heal the World" he talks about being God's glow and making the world a better place. In his song "Smile" he talks about smiling when your sad, or angry, and it makes everything better again. In his song "You are not alone" he talks about him always being there for people. In "Man in the Mirror" he talks about changing his ways to make the world a better place. (Once again talking about healing the world) In "Will you be There" he talks about if you love him, he will love you back with ALL of his heart. Every ounce. See? He was a genuinly good guy. He also wrote songs about the press. For example : "They Don't Care About Us" he explains how the press didn't care about him, and how he was the victim of police brutality. In "Childhood" he explains his life when he was a child, and he says one line that really just hits me in the gut. "Before you judge me, try hard to love me" People never tried. They paid attention to the false information of the news, and tabloids. None of that was true. He was proven not guilty in court, and the child who was "molested" confessed it was a lie. He was innocent from the start. Michael said in one of his interviews "No. I never touched that child innapropriatly. I would rather slit my own wrists before I ever did that. I would rather slit my own wrists." He kept repeating. The reason he got through all this pain was from us... the fans. He loved us more than anything. With every single fan, he would be so gentle and tender with them. He would wrap them up his arms while performing on stage, and sing to them while they were in his arms. He would dance with them up on stage. He didn't care if you were skinny or fat, black or white. He loved you. He would give you a tender kiss on the cheek, and when you told him you loved him, he would soflty say "I love you more" and he meant that with everything inside of him. I wish people would have given him another chance. Just one more chance before he went to heaven. I really do believe he was one of the world's angels. Think about it, Michael was the sweetest, most caring man on the whole entire earth. He was an entertainer, a legend, a wonderful, loving daddy, a singer, a dancer, humanitarian, God-loving man, children- loving man, an inspiration, but most of all.. this Earth's angel. There was not one spot of hatred in his heart. He had a heart of pure gold, and all people wanted to do was destroy it. He didn't deserve any of it. I wish that people would have just left him alone. I don't care what you people say about him, because I know I can prove you wrong. For instance, about the boy sleeping in his bed... well the media didn't show the full part, all they showed was the part that made him look bad. They didn't let him finish. In the full interview he said something along the lines of "Yes, I don't feel that it's wrong to let a kid sleep in your bed. That boy was a sick child who had a horrible disease and he was close to my heart. I told him that he could sleep in my bed, and I slept in the floor." The media left out the part about him sleeping on the floor. Also, there was a rumor about him bleaching his skin. This is untrue. He had a skin disease called Vitiligo, which causes the loss of pigments. People were so harsh about it. It caused him so much pain, but he still always had that beautiful smile on his face. Mariah Carey's song "Without You" really describes who he was to people. One line goes "You always smile but in your eyes, your sorrow shows. Yes it shows."This explains him perfectly! He always had a smile on his face, but when you looked in his eyes, you could see the sorrow and the pain. He was too good for this world. He did leave us too soon, but maybe God wanted him back in heaven singing and dancing with the other angels. Yes, there's rumors about him faking his death, and if that's true, I can understand why, but all i'm asking is for you to give him one last chance. Now that he's gone, maybe people will leave him alone. Even though he's passed, you can hopefully understand him. Rest in paradise Michael. My sweet,sweet angel, may you moonwalk in heaven with the other angels where you have always belonged. And thanks for bringing joy to so many people, and giving them hope and inspiration. We will always love you Applehead no matter what, and all I ask for is one dance in heaven.
I've never really told anyone this before. But...ever since I can remember, I have loved Michael Jackson. When I was a little girl I use to cry at the sight of him on the television - the fact that it couldn't be in person. Of course as a little girl, that love was different then it is now. But the fact that someone could make a little girl feel that way, is amazing. The love I have for him now is stronger then that - every single song I hear or music video I see, reminds me of my childhood, something I can never experience again. It's the fact that he is the most caring, humble, forgiving, smartest person I've ever experienced. It's the fact that off stage is shy and innocent and when he gets on stage - he turns into a totally different person who is sexy, mysterious, dirty and known as the greatest entertainer of all time. The fact that how much love he had for every single person, thing, animal, ect. I've been a fan from the as long as I can remember - I loved him ever since I knew what love meant - til my beginning to his very "end". He really is the first person who has taught me that it does not matter what color your skin is, where you live or how much money you have. Knowing that I will never get to see one of his concerts, breaks my heart completely. - I always think....could you imagine a life with out the existence of Michael Jackson? Because I sure can't. He has formed the style of clothing and sound of music to what it is today. If it wasn't for him, everything would be different. He changed the world and my life, forever. Even though Michael Jackson is not longer "with" us - I believe he is more alive than he's ever been before.
One day, on late 1982, my mother came home handling a Vinyl Album, telling me that it was a gift for me: obiouvsly, you can imagine WHICH ALBUM I'm talking about!
That day I felt in love with THE ARTIST and I started my Collection buying records, magazines, memorabilia and everything I could find about him.
Year after year my Collection grew up, since I started to trade MJJ stuff with my friends all around the World.
I've followed Michael mostly around Europe, during Dangerous and HIStory Tour, even if the first concert I attended to was in Turin, on 1988.
I'm very happy to be a part of this project, being nowadays impressed by the incredible quantity of stuff existing about Michael: I hope this Site will help future generations to appreciate his Art.
I think I have ran through a typical collecting history. I started to buy Michael's albums and I then discovered J5 and Jacksons items. I used to cut out every little snippet from every magazine I could get. Looking at all those snippets today is very amusing for me as I remember how meticulously I did this. MJ mags, books and pictures soon became the most fascinating items for me. My first album was Dangerous on a cassette tape, then my parents bought me the HIStory CD which was the reason why we bought our first CD player. Then I bought the Moonwalker VHS tape – and we bought our first video player.
Participating in building this MJ collecting site came just in time. We started collecting Michael items in the late 80s. When we were moving in together, we were confronted with lots of items we had collected over the years and had no idea of how to store them properly. That’s why they were put into any kind of boxes, shelves and drawers. Plus, we had no idea how many and which items we exactly had in our collection as we have never made a list of it. When we were visiting other MJ fans at their home or went to a record fair, we very often had the situation that we didn’t know - do we own that already or not?
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