“I am the captain of my ship. I take suggestions and listen to what everyone has to say, but the final decision is mine.” — Michael Jackson
Photo taken in 1974 when he was barely 16 years old.
“He’s putting himself in a dangerous situation. It should not be given under a private setting by anybody who is not fully aware of indications, contraindications of side-effects. It’s a drug. A physician should be in charge….There’s no scientific data to suggest that it can enhance somebody’s lifetime.” — Dr. Timothy Cannis, associate medical director of the Western Center for Hyperbaric Medicine ar Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, on Jackson‘s purchase and use of a private hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
Source: John Antczak (1986)
Photo: Associated Press (1986)
“I was sent forth for the world, for the children. I cry very, very, very often because it hurts but have mercy, for I’ve been bleeding for a long time now.” — Michael Jackson, in a letter to People Magazine in 1987.
“He’s like Garbo, he’s got this mystique. He gets weirder all the time, and that may turn off some people, but the fact remains is he is very talented.” — Sonny Fox, disc jockey at WHYI-FM, in 1987
Photo: Greg Gorman (1987)
“I like Michael Jackson but he just died out. His sister you can play. The Fat Boys you can play. But Michael Jackson‘s time is over.” — Leonard Rouse, Hollywood independent DJ in 1987.
“When you’re on top of your game, when you’re a pioneer, people come to you….But I feel grateful, all those record-breaking albums, to those No. 1s, I still feel grateful.” — Michael Jackson
“Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in is moccosins [sic].” — Michael Jackson‘s letter to People Magazine in 1987.
“The pressure of success does funny things to people. A lot of people become successful very quickly…some of these people, whose success might be a one-shot thing, don’t know how to handle what happens to them. I’ve learned that the best way to survive as your own person is to shun personal publicity and keep a low profile as much as possible. I guess it’s good in some ways and bad in others.” — Michael Jackson
Source: Moonwalk by Michael Jackson (1988)