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Various Authors 3:49 p.m., Dec. 3
The rumors are that Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jacksons children, has just made a settlement with the Jackson estate. They'll keep custody of the kids. She'll get custody of Michaelss nose. And she'll get the white glove on weekends.
No, seriously...the story is that she's supposedly going to accept four or five million bucks, to agree not to sue for custody of the kids.
I think it's silly for the Jackson estate to pay her a dime. She signed over her and Michael's kids years ago. It seems obvious that she had the children for his benefit. And when he was alive, they signed all the papers stating that he was the father, with sole (soul) custody.
But her pupils probably turned into dollar signs when she realized that having those kids would mean a lot of money coming her way.
The problem is, Jackson has a third child (Blanket, Prince, Glove, whatever that kids name is)... that has nothing to do with her. And no judge would separate the children.
Maybe they feel it's easier to just give her money to go away. It's what the Jacksons seem to have done with other problems over the years.
The other interesting story involves the pop of the King of Pop -- Joe Jackson (not to be confused with one of my favorite singer/pianists of the 80s).
A lot of people have problems with that fact that he's being paid to do interviews. Some people think it's disrespectful to Michael, that he would go and do interviews and share dirty laundry. But I think everyone realizes, this guy is all about making a buck for himself. He isn't worried about the bad PR. Not to mention, Michael and others had said so many bad things about him over the years, he probably welcomes the opportunity to say things "in his words."
Other people are knocking the TV networks for paying. ABC News claims they didn't pay him for his first interview (which lasted about 45 minutes).
I've always had mixed feelings about networks doing checkbook journalism.
As long as the viewer is away money changed hands, I don't think it really changes much of anything. ABC claimed to have paid for some footage, not for the interview. But most on the inside say that the two went hand-in-hand.
I read in the LA times that the city is going to pay the $1.4 million for the big Jackson celebration.
I read on an auction site that a signed copy of Thriller was going for over $1,000 (I bought one for my stepdad years ago for $200. If anyone wants it for a thousand, I'm sure he'd sell it).
In the Union-Tribune a few days ago, I saw someone selling a Thriller that wasn't signed, for $100.
Good luck with that. There were so many copies of that album sold when it came out, they're really not worth all that much.
In fact, I was at Amoebo Music in L.A. last year. Someone put a box of albums near the dumpster as I was leaving. I hopped out of my car to take a look.
A lot of crappy Earth, Wind, & Fire and Lionel Richie. But I did grab some Marvin Gaye records, a Diana Ross, and Jacksons Thriller and Off the Wall records.
One auction house sent me four leather bound catalogs of Jackson memorabilia a month before he died. They were going to sell. It included gold records, bizarre furniture, and some very well done paintings Michael had done himself (one of Mickey Mouse he did as a teenager, and signed "Mike Jackson").
I gave those to a friend of mine who was going to bid on a few of the nicer pieces of furniture she liked.
I wonder if she'd give those back to me if I asked for 'em.