Local reaction to Michael Jackson's death

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

People in eastern Kentucky are also reacting to the shocking death of Michael Jackson. Some we talked to say it doesn't matter if you're five years old or 95 years old, everyone knows the name Michael Jackson. And everyone knows what a loss this is to American culture.

With fans across the globe, some say Michael Jackson's legacy will never die. Richard Sexton says, "He has changed music for a lot of ways, a lot of reasons."

Though his look changed throughout the years, everyone has their own iconic memories of the music legend. From "Thriller" to the Moon Walk, and as Freddie Goble says, "I think the Jackson Five when he was younger, singing 'I'll Be There'."

Mary Alice Oldfield says, "It really made an impression on me that the entire family would come together and perform as a group."

Despite a controversial past at times and even accusations of child sexual abuse, many hope Jackson will be remembered for his music.

Goble says, "Regardless of what folks may think about his lifestyle, mannerisms, all through his life was an icon of the American pop culture." The number one hits, the famous dance moves, the talent of Michael Jackson will forever be a part of American history.


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  • by James Location: Magoffin on Jun 28, 2009 at 11:16 PM
    The life style that young man chose to live makes me wonder how he ever reached 50 years old to begin with. It is sad, sure, but we also lost Farrah Fawcett-Majors earlier in the day, she has closers ties to Kenucky through the Six Million Dollar Man, Lee Majors to whom she was once married. Majors is a Kentucky native. The media gave very thin coverage of the death of this very famous lady due to the MJ coverage. Even President Obama got his Cap and Tax bill through with hardly any of us seeing what was going on...great job newsmen/ladies of America!
  • by Angelia Location: Knox Co on Jun 27, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    Like any other druggie eventually it gets to you.I feel for his family.Now maybe the children that he molested can find some peace knowing that he'll never harm another child.He's dead.Its sad that the real hero's (our soldiers)don't get this kind of coverage.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 27, 2009 at 07:00 PM
    hes no better then any other kid lover.only thing is the others go to jail..guess the others didnt have the money to get them out
  • by Jessiqa Location: Neon,KY on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    I can't believe this, I really did like him until all the scandals started over the past few years. RIP Micheal Jackson
  • by jimbo on Jun 27, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    He overdosed on some med's. and died end of story. I don't know what all the hype is about. When he was accused of molesting those kids everyone was ready to hang him now that he's dead "he was a great person" double standard. I'm in my 50's and I could count on one hand the times I listened to his music.
  • by Courtney Collins Location: ThousandSticks KY on Jun 27, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    I think Jackson's life should of been easier
  • by William Location: seky on Jun 27, 2009 at 04:17 AM
    With Videos like bad and Beat it, if you look at the images in the videos its gang violance Sensationalism , Michel Jackson was a Icon but I am not going to say a good one,And Farrah Fawcett was a female symbol of athorty over men a Degenerationist of male leadership, Both peoples did not show a postive impreshion or a higher develoment of Soceity's betterment, Its takes great talent to have mass appeal to the emotions and inspire Subconscious Minds and lifestyles,Dont look at what you see look behind what you see and you will get more accurate definition of facts, I am sorry for the loss of loved ones,But humanity needs better role models then this if we want to have a more healthy inviourment to live in as me move in to the future, more so then the persons of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, I blaim the industries for the destruction of peoples lives, Its Idolatry that takes away God gifts and uses it for its personal gain and human world imbalance its sad,
  • by hillbilly Location: kentucky on Jun 26, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    I am in my 50's. I hate for this to happen to anyone, even though i did not like the way he performed, i thought it was vulgar, to say the least. But, i know a lot of people enjoyed him..and so so sorry about his death. I wish the drug problems that we have in the USA would be solved in some way. People who are really sick have a hard time obtaining such drugs which they dearly need, but Super Stars don't seem to have any problem getting them. Something in wrong. Rest in Peace, Michael, may Our Lord look upon your soul with mercy.
  • by Chase Location: Grayson on Jun 26, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I hope Farah made peace with the Lord as well. Having a child and living with a man out of wedlock. OH WAIT and she was in PlayBoy..my my my
  • by bigmama Location: richmondva on Jun 26, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    who cares another one bites the dust!!!!!!! wacko jacko rip
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