Someone wrote to me about the abstract I wrote on the late Michael Jackson King of Pop who passed away and was intent upon reclaiming his view of Michael Jackson as "big" so I suppose today ABC News New York have described Michael Jackson's Memorial Service in Los Angeles Staple Centre as "big" meaning a hugely attended event .. a memorial service .. the funeral of Michael Jackson.
There were luminaries present so ABC News New York mentioned such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey some of whom I recognize and I hasten to add that I note the phenomenon of Michael Jackson - references of the generation to enter into mania or manic expressions of fanship ..... my students perhaps were Jackson fans!
However, the ABC News Person made the point that she thought the whole Memorial Service had a great deal of respectful sadness in it and it was very much a Memorial ... in memoriam .. of Michael Jackson and less of a concert.
The high point for ABC News New York was seeing the children of Michael Jackson appear in public and his daughter spoke in public at her late father's Memorial Service which amazed and astonished the ABC NewsTeam in New York as Michael Jackson's family had been kept private .. a lot of tears and high emotion at the presentations by a wide variety of well known people in the USA ... the statement recurring .. Michael we love you . miss you . and so on .. thanks ABC Newsteam from New York for excellent video on the Memorial Service .. Remembering Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009 .. God Speaks!