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Internet Simulchat (17-08-1995)Michael On Internet Simulchat. 17-08-'95

Michael Jackson broke many records and was the only Entertainer to use the latest technology to promote his art.

Michael Jackson did it again on August 17th, 1995 with simulchat, the first time people could talk all together on internet… and for the lucky ones, they did it with Michael Jackson!

For slightly more than an hour, Michael fielded questions about his music, his marriage, and the media. Each service had two typists with Jackson in a room at New York City’s Museum of Television & Radio, selecting questions and sending out Jackson’s dictated responses. ”The only rules were that there were no rules,” says Barry Johnson, head of New Technologies for Epic Records Group, Michael Jackson’s label. ”There was no rehearsing, no prepping.” Even so, most of the questions were painfully tame. The most provocative query came from Britain, where the Daily Mirror reported that wife Lisa Marie Presley was seeking a divorce. Michael responded, ”No, it’s not true” before the story appeared in U.S. papers the next morning.

While some on-line users were disappointed by the chat’s brevity, the services aren’t complaining: Subscribers spent $3 to $5 each to be part of the event. ”It wasn’t completely seamless, but we’ve learned a lot,” says AOL chat producer Amy Arnold. ”The experience for the members isn’t the same. They would like to be with the celebrity the whole time themselves.” If there’s a next one, says Arnold, it would be only with someone as well-known as the King of Pop. And maybe next time it won’t be such a royal pain.

Source: EW / Billie Jean


Michael Attends AME Church Service With Randy, Mesereau, Oxman & Steve Harvey In South Central.
15-08-'04

Wearing a dark blue velvet jacket with a gold armband, Michael attends the First AME, African.

Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles for this morning’s service as a special guest of Rev. Cecil Murray. The church is one of the most respected churches in the Los Angeles African-American community.

At 10:00 a.m. Michael, his youngest brother Randy, entertainer Steve Harvey, and Michael’s attorney Mr. Thomas Mesereau sat comfortably towards the back of the church and enjoyed the service. Although news of Michael’s appearance was not widely publicized, the press from most major news channels were on hand. Much of the public learned of Michael’s appearance from hearing it mentioned on the Steve Harvey radio program earlier. There were a handful of fans who knew where the First AME Church was located and were able to be there to greet Michael.

After the service, Michael made his way to the Cecil Murray Education Center, a small school a block away that is run by the First AME Church. There, he was scheduled to greet a class room full of about 25 African-American children and answer their questions. The press however were told before Michael entered the room that there would be absolutely no questions that would be allowed by the press.

AME Church (15-08-2004)
Michael Jackson with his brother Randy and Steve Harvey attends the church's Cecil Murray Education Center.

Source: Billie Jean


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