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great story. there is also a video.

Ann Arbor man carries on dancing tribute to Michael Jackson with heavy heart
Published: Saturday, June 27, 2009, 9:35 PM     Updated: Sunday, June 28, 2009, 10:01 AM

Geoff S. Larcom

Brian Woolridge danced Saturday, as he has during so many weekend summer afternoons in downtown Ann Arbor.

There he was, a familiar figure doing his dazzling impression of Michael Jackson in the backlit alley on Liberty Street, just west of the Michigan Theater.

But Saturday was different. The quick, electrifying moves were the same, as was the music, blaring from a boom box set beside a shoe box for donations.

But Jackson was dead, and Woolridge carried a heavy heart into the routines he's cherished since he began dancing in the alley 14 years ago.

Woolridge, 37, a 1990 graduate of Huron High School who lives across from Arborland, recalls dancing to Jackson's tunes at a very young age. In 1995, he began performing in the shaded, covered alley, a perfect setting for the strutting and flourishes that typify many of Jackson's songs.

NewsBrian Woolridge gets emotional as he talks about the recent death of Michael Jackson.

A man of few words, Woolridge says he finds dancing a powerful release, a way to express emotion while emulating his idol. His favorite song is Jackson's remake of the Beatles' classic, "Come Together."

For years, passersby have marveled at how he replicates Jackson's moves, including the star's trademark moonwalk. Saturday was no different. Crowds ranging from a few people to more than a dozen would gather for a song and then applaud at its finish.

As Shoshana Rubenstein of Ann Arbor looked on from across the street, she explained to her 9-year-old son, Blake, what Jackson meant to the many people who watched him mature from a child prodigy who performed with his brothers to a mesmerizing worldwide solo star.

"I grew up with this," Rubenstein said as Woolridge poured himself into another song. "It's really heart-wrenching."

Blake was simply impressed. "He's good," he said.

Woolridge said he's endured tough times in recent months. He formerly worked in the produce section at an area Meijer store, but is now drawing unemployment. He said he plans to seek a new job this summer, but he'll also dance through the Ann Arbor art fairs in mid-July.

He said he found out about Jackson's death when he went into a record store Thursday to buy one of his CDs. He saw the news on a TV and left the store. He didn't want to hear any more bad news about his hero.

He said he cried into Friday, though he felt comforted by friends and family who conveyed their sympathy throughout the day.

As people review Jackson's mixed legacy, Woolridge hopes they focus on his performances and not his struggles that garnered headlines in recent years.

"I hope when people talk about him now, it will be something positive," Woolridge said.

He arrived at the alley around 10:30 a.m. Saturday and danced into the late afternoon. He said he'd return today to perform some more.

"I appreciate people enjoying my dancing over the years," he said in his soft voice, before putting in another CD.

Michael Jackson News / funny picture of MJ
« on: November 22, 2010, 09:30:51 PM »
not sure if anyone has seen this before, but look at jackie!

Michael Jackson News / useful tool?
« on: November 15, 2010, 09:31:23 AM »
maybe this site can help us in our death hoax investigation?

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It's a site where you can type in a site and view the material that was presented in that year that you want. from 2003 or 2009 doesn't matter.


This guy really has a positive outlook on life, someone I can truly admire. beautiful story.

Other Odd Things / I just thought of something
« on: October 15, 2010, 12:29:31 PM »
Michael Jackson's Invincible album was released on October 31st, 2001, which marks the day of Halloween. Now remember, This Album was Released on a Wednesday, usually merchandise manages to hit the shelves the day previous.  He has some pretty cryptic lyrics in his album, and supposedly Michael passed on the 25th of June. I was just wondering, could this be a possibility for a potential BAM date and does this date serve any significance, or do you believe is strictly a coincidence? becuase, to me, when I think of Halloween, I think of shocking, paralyzing, riveting, HISTORIC and of course, eerie/scary. I'm sure michael was a fan of halloween, writing a pop hit such as "thriller" has to have had drawn some inspiration from this holiday. in fact, The day is perfectly symbolic of innocence and children. It would make sense to me if Michael came back on October 31'st, 2010-11.

This Is It / Michael's laugh in this is it?
« on: October 09, 2010, 02:26:07 PM »

Does his laugh seem a little forced/strange here? or is it just me?

different from here:


1. he has a subscription to Disney adventures - he says its one of his all time favorite magazines.

2. his favorite animated character is  Pinocchio (Yup, that's why he picked the wooden wonder to join him on the cover!)

3. Michael grew up with 8 brothers and sisters. He's the third youngest. As a kid, Michael Shared a triple bunk bed with his four older brothers. Tito and Jermaine were on top, michael and marlon were in the middle, and jackie (the oldest) was on the bottom.

4. Michael is a serious reader. When he was a teenager, some of his favorite books were Rip Van Wrinkle by Washington Irving, Johnathan livingston Seagull by Richard bach, and the old man and the sea by Earnest hemingway. If you can't afford to travel, michael says, you can travel mentally through books.

5. Michael likes to draw. some of his artwork appeared on the liner sleeves of thriller. his drawing of Micky Mouse is included in a book called the art of micky mouse.

6. Michael once had a rat named Ben. Michael now owns a boa constrictor named muscles, which eats one live rat a week! sorry ben!

7. When Michael began preforming with his brothers, he would receive $20 dollars a week which was used to purchase candy to give to his neighborhood kids.


9. The first single michael ever bought was Mickey's money by smoky robinson and the miracles.

10. The Caribbean island of Sant Vincent has issued Michael JAckson postage stamps.

11. Michael's neverland valley in California totals 2,700 acres -  more than four square miles. Some of the best rides on michaels private amusement park are a carousel, ferris wheel and a roller coaster. michael rides a golf cart around his property. he also owns a ford bronco and rolls royce limo.

12. When michael was younger, he used to hide spiders in Latoya's bed.

13. Michael was 11 years old when he first sang on television with the jackson 5 - for the 1969 Miss Black America Beauty Pagent. This was the same year michael had his first number one record with the jackson five, I want you back.

14. When they were making records together, Quincy Jones nickname for michael was smelly a slang term for funky which means cool. Quincy said We call him smelly because hes so polite we cant get him to say the word funky.

15. He wrote the song the girl is mine with paul mcartney while watching cartoons.

16. Michael has two stars on the hollywood walk of fame!

17. These days, michael is working on a book of thoughts and poetry. He also formed a film company so he can produce, write and star in movies. He's already written one movie script which is said to be pretty good.

18. Michael is a big fan of the three stooges. he once wrote a book about jerome howard, who played curly.

19. Michael once said that his voice on some of the early jackson songs sounded like mini mouse.  

20. Michael's favorite disney land ride is pirates of the caribean. When he lived with his parents, michael built a replica of main street. That estate also includes a soda fountain and a 6-foot  exhibit of snow white and the seven dwarfs

21. Michael's Only Two movie roles were in the Whiz and Disnylands 3-d movie Captain EO. he also guest starred on the tv series welcome back Kotter

22. Michaels mom played the clarinet, piano and guitar and is a singer. Michael believes he got his ability to song from her.

23. Michael Loses about 10 lbs of water weight during his performances on tour.

24. Michaels concert tour for his last album, dangerous, is probably the biggest stage show ever. he needed 51 trucks just to haul all the stuff around!

25. Bad is the second biggest album behind Thriller.

Michael Jackson News / Jackson impersonator charged with molestation
« on: October 05, 2010, 10:23:36 PM »
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merely a coincidence, or does this pertain to the somehow linked hoax?

A Michael Jackson impersonator and former Detroit-area entertainment promoter will serve between 13 and 20 years in prison in connection with the molestation of an 11-year-old boy.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says that Ricardo West will be registered as a sex offender when he's released and subject to lifetime electronic monitoring. He was sentenced on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Nader Nassif say West agreed to plead guilty to child sexually abusive activity and criminal sexual conduct.

The incidents occurred between March 15 and April 9 at a home in Allen Park, 10 miles southwest of Detroit. Authorities say sexual contact also was made with the boy at the Allen Park Auditorium.

R.I.P. Tony,

Didn't know anything about him to be honest, but seemed like a pretty well respected actor during his time!

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HOLLYWOOD —Film icon Tony Curtis died of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, September 29, in his home in Henderson, Nev. Curtis had heart bypass surgery in 1996 and his health continued to decline from that point on. Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in Bronx, N.Y. on June 3, 1925. He later took the stage name of Tony Curtis when he started his career in the movies in 1949. Coming from the theatre, he first used James Curtis and later Anthony Curtis as stage names.


Curtis was married to Jill Vandenberg Curtis at the time of his death. The couple married in 1988. His first marriage was to actress Janet Leigh in 1951. They divorced in 1962. The couple had two daughters, one being actress Jamie Leigh Curtis. In 1963, Curtis married Christine Kaufmann, whom he had two children with and later divorced in 1967. In 1968, the actor married Leslie Curtis, whom he divorced in 1982. They also had two children. Two years later, Tony married Andrea Savio, and their union ended in 1992. In 1993, Curtis had a one-year marriage to Lisa Deutsch just before marrying Jill.

Just as prolific as his marriages, Curtis’s film career spanned six decades. A Universal Studios contract player, Curtis joined the A-list of Hollywood hunks at the famed studio which included Rock Hudson, Jeff Chandler and George Nader. Hollywood’s esteemed veteran talent manager Budd Burton Moss, whose father was a film editor at Universal Studios, and who also worked with Curtis tells Canyon News, “We all loved Tony. In addition to my dad editing his films, I also worked with Tony on the film 'City Across The River in 1949'. I was part of the gang of boys in the scenes with Tony.”

Curtis appeared in some of Hollywood’s most successful films. In 1960, he starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier and John Gavin in “Spartacus,” and in 1958, with Academy-award winner Sidney Poitier in “The Defiant Ones.” Before Curtis agreed to star opposite Poitier, he found out that his costar would not be given equal billing to him in the film because of Poitier’s race. Tony told the studio that he would refuse to do the picture unless his equal partner in the film received billing alongside his name. This was the kind of man Curtis was known for being in the entertainment industry. Curtis received an Academy award-nomination for his role as a racist escaped convict handcuffed to a black escaped convict, played by Poitier.

Former Columbia Studios player and film, stage and television actress Constance Towers, who stars on ABC’s “General Hospital” and who is married to Ambassador John Gavin, tells Canyon News, “I had a very privileged insight to Tony. I first met him when I bought the house that he and Janet Leigh owned in Beverly Hills years ago which was eventually Sammy Davis’ last home. He was so much fun to know and so bright. Tony was so far advanced in his appreciation and knowledge of modern art long before it became so popular. His collection at that time had Arpel pieces. He had an eye for real estate and owned and refurbished many Beverly Hills homes. He had a delightful sense of humor especially about himself. Jack [John Gavin] and I both enjoyed his friendship over the years. He was a character and a lovable one. He was an icon of a fabulous era in film. He was much more than the actor who said, ‘Yonder is my Fodder’s castle.’”

Tony Curtis did become a star because of his handsome good looks, with a chiseled face and his thick, curly black hair. However, by the late 1950s Tony was considered a great actor. One of his favorite movies during his decade's long acting career was Billy Wilder’s 1959 classic “Some Like It Hot,” which costarred Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Curtis later admitted that he played his character Joe in the film by pretending to be his icon Cary Grant.

After his distinguished acting career slowed down, Tony began painting. Many of his paintings sold for tens of thousands of dollars to collectors. His reason for taking up painting was, as he put it, “I’m not ready to settle down like an elderly Jewish gentleman, sitting on a bench and leaning on a cane,” he said to a reporter in 1985.

Michael Jackson News / Lenny Kravitz on michael jackson
« on: September 29, 2010, 06:10:32 PM »
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pay close attention to his mannerisms when he starts discussing michael, he seems extremely fidgety! could Lenny know the truth about michael?

Michael Jackson News / interesting video of murray
« on: September 23, 2010, 07:55:12 PM »
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scroll down until you see the video. Tell me something, does this seem a little strange to you? nobody is even looking at murray as hes walking free? you think the suspected murderer of michael jackson would get a few looks, but nothing. anyway, just wanted to share. I don't know if this video has been posted before but i thought it was very interesting.

Michael's Impersonators / spot the slip ups in navi's interview
« on: September 22, 2010, 11:47:24 PM »
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lets see if we can find any slip ups from this interview. Who knows, maybe we'll find something interesting!

Michael Jackson News / something I always thought was strange
« on: September 21, 2010, 07:15:59 PM »
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I'm always going to think with some suspicion whenever I view this article. Why make such a bold statement yet totally disrespect a celebrity figure who has supposedly passed away?

Sounds pretty intriguing, something I will definitely check out especially since I'm into Ghosts. Begins on Saturday, the 21st.

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Michael Jackson News / Michael jackson died in 2007.
« on: July 09, 2010, 07:43:40 PM »
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Just thought this was interesting. take a look for yourself

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