In Memory of Michael Jackson

IMG_1128I came home from work tonight and went immediately to storage. I knew somewhere I had a stash of Michael Jackson memorabilia saved since I was in elementary school.

Who doesn’t remember the Thriller video at the skating rink? My neighborhood rink was Great Time Skate on Aldine Bender.  The video screen would slide down and everyone would skate to the center to sit and marvel at Michael Jackson. 

At home, my bedroom wall was covered with Michael Jackson pictures torn from Tiger Beat and Bop.  One day in first or second grade, I remember a kid in class was talking about how Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” album was so much better than Thriller. When my mom picked me up from school, I told her “Mom, I want Michael Jackson ‘Off the Wall’.” Her reply: “Good, cause he’s off.” She had cleaned my room and taken down all of my prized posters. 

scan0001The ones in these pictures were from the later years of Junior High.  Pay no attention to the girl in the photo… or the cheesy curtains (or the Coke can collection on the windowsill). scan0002 In the picture on the left, Jackson is on  my right.

In the picture on the right, you can see my door-size Michael poster just above my head. Funny story (I think, anyway)… once when my dad was away on a hunting trip, my mom awoke in the middle of the night and thought someone had broken into the house.  She called 911 and a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy came out to our house.  We had burglar bars… and they were still locked… so it wasn’t likely someone was inside; but the deputy offered to look around anyway to make my mom feel better.  Across the living room, he flashed his light inside my bedroom and saw the silhouette of a man.  We saw him sort of jump and do a double take.  He let out a laugh when he realized his beam had landed on my Michael Jackson poster.

scan0004scan0005Michael’s mystique never seemed to wear off.  In 2005 my boyfriend (now husband) and I took a trip to Santa Barbara. I insisted we make a side trip to the Neverland Valley Ranch and the courthouse where Jackson was on trial.  I made a video… but can not for the life of me remember where I put it.

scan0006scan0008I know millions of fans just like me are remembering “Michael” moments tonight. 

Everyone has a story that can one-up your co-workers… as if to say “I liked him more.” Tonight, I enjoyed looking through all my old souveniors to remember an icon who gave my generation the hope to “Heal the World, Make it a Better Place,” glitter socks, parachute pants,  the Moonwalk and Ben.

King of Pop Playing Cards

King of Pop Playing Cards

 

1995 Calendar

1995 Calendar

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Oh… and I really did like him more:)

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5 Responses

  1. Ah Amy…the memories! I remember the posters like it was yesterday!

  2. Very sad day today. I remember the Jackson 5 cartoon & all of the Michael Jackson videos. I guess my favorite song he ever did was “Ben”. The thing about that song is, the sadness. I don’t think he ever “found what he was loooking for”.The other performance that sticks out in mind is when he was married to Lisa Marie Presley. They were featured on some show & he sang “You Are Not Alone” to her. It was really beautiful, yet sad too.He reminds me of how lucky I am to have found my one “True Love”. I don’t think he ever had that pleasure. Out of all he achieved & all of the wealth he amassed, the one thing he yearned for the most seemed to always escape him. Michael, you will be missed!

  3. These are GREAT pics! Thank you for sharing!!

  4. Great post, but I’m still trying to figure out if you look more like Stevie Nicks or Belinda Carlisle in the “Amy Davis – Junior High years” photo. Pray tell…are those white satin pumps you just kicked off from your black stockings? Total hot momma were you! 🙂

  5. have you seen those Thriller Video with the prison inmates, geez those are very nice :`~

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