手形・足型というとすぐに思い出されるのは、1984年6月、すでにアルバムThrillerを出し、もはやジャクソンズの一員というよりも、ソロアーティストとして大成功を収めていたマイケルが、兄弟と行う最後のVICTORYツアー直前。 当時ラスヴェガスにも、ハリウッドと同じWalk of Fameの大通りを作る計画が持ち上がり、多くの著名人に手形・足型のオファーがあり、マイケルもその一人として実際にハリウッドと同じ大きさの石に型を残しました。
If there's somebody else, he can't love you like me And he says he'll treat you well, he can't treat you like me And he's buying diamonds and pearls, he can't do it like me And he's taking you all across the world, he can't trick you like me
Over the years Michael has given me some truly incredibly jewelry. Once he gave me a huge diamond ring and kept saying, "Put it on, put it on. Look at the way it sparkles. I bet it's bigger than the Krupp." So I asked innocently, "Really? How many carats is it, Michael?" "Seventeen," he answered. I embraced him and whispered in his ear, "My honey darling, you missed."
長年にわたって 、マイケル は本当に信じられないほど、私にジュエリーを贈ってくれた。 一度、とても大きなダイアモンドの指輪をくれたことがあったの。 彼は言ったわ、「はめてみて、はめてみてよ。この輝き方を見て。クルップより大きいの間違いなしだよ」 そこで私は無邪気に尋ねたの。 「本当？それ何カラットあるの？マイケル」「17カラット」と彼。 私は彼を抱きしめて、彼の耳元でささやいた。 「 My honey darling, you missed. マイダーリン、残念だけど、はずれだわ」
Another time we were at an auction together and I was getting excited about bidding on a pair of long shaggy Marina B diamond earrings, so I told him that he had to buy something, too. I showed him this delightful monkey necklace made up of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies with matching earrings. He probably thought I had something like "auction fever" when I pointed out that the two monkeys symbolized us, bonded in friendship. In hindsight, I must have made some sense, because these little monkeys are perfectly at home with all my other beloved jewelry.
エリザベスのジュエリー関連逸話はまだあって、彼女は2001年のマイケルの30thアニバーサリーコンサートへの出演依頼に即答を避けたらしく、マイケルからジュエリーをプレゼントされた途端「もちろん行くわよ、マイケル」と承諾した、というのは有名なお話ですが、幼いころはマイケルの友人、そして大人になってからはマネージャーであったフランク・カシオが、昨年発売されたドキュメンタリー「THE LIFE OF AN ICON」でそれは本当の話だと語っていました。
彼女が亡くなる約2か月前のインタビューです。 （source：BAZAAR February 9, 2011）
I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.
Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) Posted Tuesday 3rd January 2012 from Twitlonger
Here's a great childhood memory of my uncle... My brothers and I were about to go with my Uncle Michael to the Sherman Oaks Galleria Mall. My uncle was preparing to put on his typical disguise. Which at that time was a wig (or baseball cap), mustache and beard. We stopped him and asked "doesn't that bring even more attention to you.. People expect you to be in a disguise" He said. "I have to Applehead, its the only way I can go out in the public freely" After a couple of minutes, we were able to convinced him to just try going out without any disguises and told him "people won't even think it's you. They'll think it's a look alike". He finally agreed to try it just this once,for us. So we headed to the mall. No disguise. I was so convinced our plan would work. Needless to say, we entered the mall and lasted less than a minute before we were literally running for the car. After that day, I never again questioned my uncle's need for disguises. :-)
Wednesday 4th January 2012 @tajjackson3 I was going through old text messages and came across this one. Instantly made me cry. :-( I miss my uncle so much. 古い文字メッセージを調べていたらこれが出てきた。たちまち泣けてきてしまった・・(/_;) おじさんがめちゃめちゃ恋しい。
MJ's message Nov 2, 2008 2:53 AM Please know I truly appreciated that trip you took to Vegas I love forever and trust you very much please don’t hesitate to ask if you ever need me all my love... uncle doo doo.
@tajjackson3 I wanted to share what an amazing person my uncle was to me and the loss I feel every millisecond. I know all of you feel it as well. :-( 僕にとっておじさんがどれほど素晴らしい人だったか、そして彼を失った悲しみをいつもいつも感じていることを、みんなと分かち合いたかったんだ。きっとみんなも同じ思いだと思うから (/_;)
Doo Dooというのはマイケルが自分の甥っ子や姪っ子、そして信頼していた人間（特に子供たち）に教えていた自分のニックネームですね。 これに関する過去記事（To DooDoo with LOVE （1））はこちらです、よろしければ。
@tajjackson3 My bond with my uncle has never been private. The world needs to know how incredible and special he was as a person & uncle. 僕のおじさんとの絆は決して僕ひとりのものではありません。世界は、彼が人として、そして叔父として、どれほど素晴らしくて特別な人だったかを知る必要があるのです。