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Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson; the late King of Pop would have been 53 today

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It’s hard not to wonder what Michael Jackson would have thought of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. After all, he was one of the primary artists responsible, nearly thirty years ago, for turning the little upstart music channel that could into a cultural behemoth, and had countless iconic VMA moments of his own.

Some 26 months after his shockingly sudden death at the age of 50, there are a million things to remember about the King of Pop on the occasion of what would have been his 53rd birthday: His remarkable musical and physical genius; his undeniable eccentricities; his ongoing personal struggles.

Personally, I prefer to think of him at his happiest, purest moments: the ones in which you could see how much he loved what he did, and how ridiculously outsized his talent was – even as tiny, precocious boy in a giant lavender hat, way back in 1969 on the Ed Sullivan Show:

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Readers, what are your fondest MJ memories?

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Originally posted August 29 2011 — 1:30 PM EDT

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