Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Michael Jackson: One Last Tribute
"Michael Jackson was, in the opinion of many, not only the first among equals in the ranks of beer judges, but essentially the inventor of many of today's commonly accepted beer styles. He was also an extremely well loved individual, by everyone who knew him.
He was born March 27, 1942, in Yorkshire, England. In his 65 years of life he touched so many people that his name will probably be coming up in conversation for another half century at least.
Michael had severely curtailed his public schedule in recent years, due to his struggle with Parkinson's disease, yet he continued to write, which was his consuming passion.
It's probably safe to say that most people in the business considered him the world's foremost authority on beer and whiskey, and some of his many books can be found on the shelves of anyone who takes a serious interest in either subject.
Next time you raise a proper pint of a good real ale, whether commercial or homebrew, give a thought to Michael and say a silent "Thanks!" for what he did for all of us."
As for the "other" Michael Jackson, there's not much I want to say. I'm sure you've all seen the Peter King video. It's HERE, if you haven't. I can't say I disagree, but he IS from Massapequa, so he loses some credibility.
News anchor Jim Watkins' piece for the Huffington Post was quite good. You can read that HERE.
Personally, I have had enough. Let's face it. Michael Jackson was over. His last significant and worthwhile piece of music was released in 1987. The last 20 years was nothing but a bad, musicless circus; a relentless comeback that failed. Did anyone really need to see Akon confirm Jackson's work ethic on The Today Show? Was that really good television? I don't even think Akon fans gave a shit.
I ask that you please read my friend Gene's excellent piece over at the always wonderful and incredibly classy Inte Bulle. I will give him the last word on this matter...at least on these pages.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled, Jackson-free programming.