Where Were You?
I remember when I first heard Michael Jackson's music. Summer was the perfect time to rollerblade in my family's driveway and show off my 8-year-old wannabe figure-skater skills. I choreographed my best moves to my parents'cassette tape Top Gun soundtrack, along with the sounds of none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Many of the scars that now decorate my knees are thanks to Beat It and Don't Stop â€˜Til You Get Enough.
Last week, when the news of his death spread like wildfire in the media, I had a flashback to those days. What good memories. And like most of you, I'll always remember where I was on June 25, 2009 when I heard the sad news that Michael Jackson had died.
I had just walked into a conference when I started receiving text after text after text... "Something's going on with Michael Jackson," "MJ is gone," "Michael Jackson just died!" and "OMG did you hear about Michael Jackson?!?"
It was one text right after the other, and it took me a moment to process what was happening. Our SheKnows Entertainment Editor, Joel Amos, was already on the phone getting confirmation with writers and reporters as the SheKnows team scrambled to be among the first media outlets to break the story.
Where were you when you heard Michael Jackson died?
Here's what other SheKnows readers were doing when they learned of MJ's death:
I was in the car w/ my kids, driving home from a playdate at my parent's house. Before I actually heard the news, I was on the phone w/ a friend, and Billie Jean was playing on the
radio. I was thinking to myself that I wanted to hear the song, so I ended the call. The song ended, I switched stations and all I heard the dj say was "Jackson" and "CNN" and "Fox" and a list of
other news outlets. I'm like "What? Stop naming news outlets and tell me the news!" Then he did.
I was at the same exact hospital that he was, at the same exact time, lying on a hospital bed getting a NST test.
- MamaTam, SheKnows Message Boards
I had just logged onto TMZ to read about Farrah Fawsett's death, and it was the first thing I saw. It took the news a couple of hours to confirm it, so I wasn't sure if it was true.
I was at work and my sister sent me a text. I thought she was kidding!
I was at my desk and heard it first through Twitter.
I was texted by KTAR talk radio. I was sitting in my office (a Boeing 737) on the tarmac at Midway Airport.
When we got in the car, we heard a little about it on the radio but were heading out to do errands so couldn't really watch TV much or look on the Internet til later. DH and I were both in
disbelief. In the car, they played PYT and DS said, "He sings on the radio." It is sad that the kids will never really know Michael Jackson.
I heard about it on Twitter! Ha! That really tells ya something about how things are these days...
I was always humored when my mom would tell stories of remembering where she was when history was made and here I am telling one ;-)
I was in my car driving on the 51 to Tempe when I heard on the radio that a report had come across that Michael Jackson was dead. I called a friend who was hanging out at my house with her
daughter for a playdate and told her to turn on the news. She called back and told me that they just showed his dad and he stated that his "son wasn't doing well."
I was sitting at my computer at work when I got a phone call from my husband telling me that Michael Jackson died of a heart attack. I was in disbelief. I immediately told my co-workers, and in
a matter of minutes, we were on all the major news Internet sites to see if it was true. Minutes later, the Internet read "Michael Jackson is dead at age of 50"!
I was in the car when I got abut 5 or 6 simultaneous texts from friends. Some texts said he was in a coma, others said he had a heart attack and was in the hospital, while one said that he had
died. I was shocked. I was near a friend's house and stopped by to watch the news, where his death was confirmed. It was all very shocking and sad to me. I grew up listening to MJ and even saw him
live in concert. I ended up watching the news channels all night long.
Funnily enough, my oldest son (age 8) was just sort of starting to get into his music -- asking me to put MJ songs on his mp3 player, asking questions about his music, etc. I really enjoy most
of his older stuff but anything from like 1995 on, I could do without.
I was at the Apple store getting my Iphone replaced. I was sure I had heard the guy at the Genius Bar wrong. But I quickly logged on to CNN and found out he had died.
So sad... watched his videos over the weekend on Youtube. Thriller, Beat It... Even pulled up his infamous Grammy appearance when he performed Billy Jean! Amazing.
I was on vacation. We'd been camping for a week up by Santa Barbara and I was pretty out of the loop on celebrity news. However, that Thursday afternoon, we were doing some sightseeing in LA before heading home to Arizona the next day.
I was waiting on my husband to withdraw money from an ATM at the Farmer's Market in LA. He was having problems with the machine and I was bored, so I checked email on my iPhone. There were a
bunch of messages about his (then-rumored) death, as well as news about Farrah's passing.
Where were you when you heard Michael Jackson died?
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