Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday would have been on Saturday, August 29, 2009. Last year, upon reaching his milestone 50th birthday, the King of Pop said in a Good Morning America interview “I feel very wise and sage, but at the same time very young”. Asked how he would spend the day, he said that he would be listening to James Brown music and would “just have a little cake with my children and probably watch some cartoons”. When asked about the happiest times in his life the King of Pop went back two decades and reflected on the album releases of “Off The Wall” in 1979 and “Thriller” in 1982. Jackson said that the songs “meant very much to me and they seemed to be received so beautifully by the public and the world,” he said. “I enjoyed it very much.”
Jackson spoke loving words about his children (Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7, affectionately known as Blanket). He said he wanted them to “enjoy their childhood as much as possible. “I let them go to the arcade and go to the movies and do things. I want them to get to do the kind of things I didn’t get to do. So I fill them with a lot of enjoy that way – a lot of amusement, you know? I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time, when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy.”
Tomorrow, August 29, 2009, in commemoration of his birthday, fans in Mexico City have decided to gather in huge numbers to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. The goal is to set the record for the most people dancing to the record-breaking hit song at one time. Sadly, on the same day Michael’s family will be laying him to rest at Glendale’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park in California.
Happy Birthday Michael Jackson – R.I.P.