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Posted: Monday, July 6, 2009 10:00 pm

Janie Hickok Siess would not describe herself as Michael Jackson's No. 1 fan. But she does feel nostalgic when she remembers watching him on "The Ed Sullivan Show," dancing to "Off The Wall" in clubs, playing "Thriller" continuously on vinyl and being amazed when he debuted the white glove at the Grammy Awards and the Moonwalk on "Motown 25."

"We grew up with Michael Jackson … but then he turned into this weird person. The music sort of stopped, and the only time we paid attention to him when he was on the news for all the wrong reasons," Siess said.

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  • posted at 8:21 am on Mon, Jul 13, 2009.


    People need to realize they have no rite to judge another individual. Not just in MJ's case, But in any other person's. Last time i checked MJ was found not guilty. And if all you people that bad mouth mike. Look up Jordan Chandler on google.com. And you will find out his father made him say Mike molested him. Just to get rich. This is how sick America has gotten! Its not funny and its B.S. So leave Michael Jackson alone.

  • posted at 6:33 pm on Sun, Jul 12, 2009.


    what22: Please insert some punctuation now and then. Thanks

  • posted at 6:17 pm on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    mickeyluvrI agree with you. They should pick up at least half of the cost if not all of it.

  • posted at 4:45 pm on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    smoke eater you a retard this is why lodi is lodi nobody cares about cause of attitudes like yours smoke eater thats cute you proably work for lodi fire picked up any old people today

  • posted at 3:01 pm on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    SamI didn't think you could bury somone on private property in CA/ What happens if that ranch is sold somewhere in the future?

  • posted at 2:59 pm on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    jbhikerI'm beginning to wonder if this is ever going to come to an end. I went on overload 60 seconds after they broadcast his death. I heard he has several appearances to make before the final trip. LOL That should be a spectacle as well!

  • posted at 11:27 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    Ah mickey, I think MJ would have been pleased with his memorial. It was impressive.OTH, the family wants to bury him on his ranch. They are stalling to try and get the appropriate permission.

  • posted at 11:18 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    I grew up listening to the Jackson 5 and I do like some alot of his newer songs. But for L.A./California to put out 1.5 to 4 million dollars in services for his funeral is so ridiculous. With Californias budget in such a bad state they should have just done a video memorial on TV and let his family and kids have a private funeral. Sad that in death just as in life he has no privacy.

  • posted at 10:52 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    OTH - he has to lay is state for a week then the Horse Carriage and parade has to carry him to the graveyard. Don't you know how important this man was?

  • posted at 10:42 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    Are they ever going to bury him ?

  • posted at 9:15 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    WTF... First time I heard him was at a Junior High School dance...it was ABC. Me too! Dancing to ABC at what was called a noon "Black Top" dance for all of us 6th graders! We were to young for night dances!

  • posted at 6:16 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    eBay announced they were not allowing postings for the tickets because of its "ghoulish nature."

  • posted at 5:50 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    Although there is way too much news coverage on MJ, and although he had many eccentric issues, he was a part of history just the same. LNS is reporting what America is listening to all over the world.

  • posted at 4:40 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    smokeater8, you are so right! Yet, at the same time, many "grew up" with Michael Jackson and his death is a reminder of our mortality...he's one year younger than myself.First time I heard him was at a Junior High School dance...it was ABC. LOL!Sure the MSM is "celebrating" his life while simultaneously smearing him after death...but that's what they do...anything to make a buck.For me personally, Michael Jackson along with the Beatles and Walt Disney have been a sort of background and theme music to my life.I think that's part of what is going on.

  • posted at 3:32 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    While I believe MJ was a good entertainer, he was just that...an entertainer. This has gotten way over blown, especially when this sort of tripe is in a local newspaper.

  • posted at 3:03 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    Then there's this that's on the jacket of my "Dangerous" CD:Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator. Dancers come and go in the twinkling of an eye but the dance lives on. On many an occasion when I'm dancing, I've felt touched by something sacred. In those moments, I've felt my spirit soar and become one with everything that exists. I become the stars and the moon. I become the lover and the beloved. I become the victor and the vanquished. I become the master and the slave. I become the singer and the song. I become the knower and the known. I keep on dancing and then, it is the eternal dance of creation. The creator and creation merge into one wholeness of joy. I keep on dancing and dancing.......and dancing, until there is only......the dance.......

  • posted at 3:01 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    THIS IS NEWS?!? Someone entered a lottery for a pedophile's funeral, just to sell them and spend the money and time in LA and they are on the front page?!? LNS, give me a break! There has to something more important happening in Lodi. Disgusting.

  • posted at 2:59 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    "Siess...main goal was to make money by selling the tickets on eBay."What a bunch of vultures! As for MJ getting weird...well, when people get all their "news" from the MSM, of course they'll never get the entire picture. Two music videos MJ did that were phenomenal were: "Earth Song" and "They Don't Care About Us""Earth Song" was filmed using local people in four areas on the globe that were in crisis: Amazonian Rain Forest, Tanzania, Croatia and New York during fires.video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqeADZgjtpYLyrics (well worth reading):http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaeljackson/earthsong.html"They Don't Care About Us" video is also very powerful:http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-FAi3dJIJwgI/they_dont_care_about_us_prison_version/Lyrics:http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/michaeljackson/theydontcareaboutus.html

  • posted at 2:30 am on Tue, Jul 7, 2009.


    I personally find it offensive to try to get tickets to a funeral for the sole purpose of making a profit. Lisa Marie said that Michael was always surrounded by leeches and vampires, profiting from the sale of a ticket to his funeral is a perfect example. There are plenty of actual grieving fans that would have walked to LA to attend if they were granted a ticket. Those are the people the tickets go to, not a SCALPER!



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