Today has not been the greatest day when it comes to being a fan of pop icons. Michael Jackson has passed away from a cardiac arrest earlier today. While he has been out of the spotlight for many years, it comes as more of a shock rather than the passing of Farah Fawcett. I could go on and on about how many times I watched the Thriller video which was directed by John Landis. This was not only a groundbreaking video on many levels but a great homage to many classic horror as well as having dancing zombies. Come on, who does not like dancing zombie? And yet, MJ also had a scifi connection.
I will admit to owning a copy of Michael Jackson narrated the story of E.T. on a record. Those who are familiar with the movie will know how special this Spielberg movie was to many kids. With Michael Jackson having released his Thriller album, you put this two huge icons together and I thought this was the coolest thing ever. To go one further, if you had ever gone to Disney’s Epcot when they first opened will know that MJ starred in a 3-D film production called Captain Eo.
While I vaguely remember what the film was about I do remember one of my earliest piracy efforts. Of course, I can say that this was a no-no but back then, I knew that I will not be able to see this again. There was no internet and not VHS copies of the movie, at least I could remember, so I used my camcorder to record the movie. Here was the big mistake about recording Captain Eo, the movie was in 3-D. But I didn’t care, I still recorded the film and did not return my 3-D glasses. I got back to NY with my prize and the video really sucked. Thank god, we have YouTube and below is the poster as well as the actual film.
I am sad to see Michael go but we have so much of him still with us in his music and many videos that captured the way I want to remember him. Until next time….