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Published:June 26th, 2009 19:44 EST
Dear Michael

Dear Michael

By S Renee Greene

I am privileged to say that I lived, as a little girl and as a young woman, through the eras of two of the greatest entertainers in show business -- Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

When I was born, Elvis was still "hot" and when I became a pre-teen, Michael and his four brothers, Marlon, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie, arrived on the scene with the first 45-RPM vinyl single I ever bought in my life: "I Want you Back."

I had just gotten a record player, a manual one, for Christmas 1969 and I remember running to the record store in downtown Columbus (the one next to The Movin` Man) to get that "new record" by this new group called The Jackson Five in January of 1970. I wore the thing into the ground playing it over and over again.

It was a weird day for me when I heard that Lisa Marie, Elvis` only child, and Michael were married. My only thought was "Please don`t have any kids..." That child would have been haunted for the rest of its natural life in those murky shadows. People tried to ridicule Lisa for marrying Michael, but truth told, she is just as weird and eccentric as he was.

People say it`s strange that Michael is forever bound to Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett, but he had "stranger" associations in life, so this day is par for the course. I know Ed and Farrah are in heaven looking at him and saying, "You always got to steal the show." (smile)

Rest in Peace Michael; and go with God. You were Bad, Dangerous, a Smooth Criminal, and a Thriller all rolled into one.

You lived a life and a half. You listened to the music in your heart and soul. If we all did that -- followed our true callings in life -- the world would be a much better place in which to live.

Thank you for the music, man.

You made more than a few people smile and you changed the music world forever. That`s one more sweet sound coming down on the Night Shift.