Michael Jackson’s Front Porch Moment By Bill Kauffman - June 24, 2009 3 FacebookTwitterEmailPrint http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmXP9Y1HdWE Okay, so he never did go back to Indiana, back to where he started from. And it’s too bad the Jackson 5 didn’t cover Meredith Willson’s Gary, Indiana. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Culture, High & Low The Green Knight: David Lowery’s Culturally Resonant Palimpsest of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Culture, High & Low Warnings Heeded and Unheeded: A Review of Live Not by Lies Culture, High & Low Brass Spittoon: Ken Myers on Three Decades (almost) of Mars Hill Audio Culture, High & Low An Artistic Ecosystem: A Review of Makoto Fujimura’s Culture Care Culture, High & Low Moon Missions and the Southern Tradition Culture, High & Low A Young Girl’s Guide to Power Tools 3 COMMENTS Bill, Something to help you get over your grief; Les Cooper of ‘Wiggle Wobble’ fame, at 83 years old, is alive and well and living in Harlem, his ‘hometown.’ And, no doubt, resting on his front porch. The NYT had this story today, about MJ’s longstanding ties to Gary, IN – and theirs to him. Sad, though – he’s held in esteem because he was one who was able to get out. And, sad, too, that there’s too little there that seems to be worth staying for… With all due respect Mr. K, as a Hoosier I can definitively say that the Jackson Five (Michael included) came back home for the Gary Homecoming Concert which took place May 29, 1971. In defense of the Jacksons, there are may good reasons why they never returned to Gary. As one who has “visited” (accidental exit from the Skyway Toll Road – now owned/leased by an Australian company)Gary is no place to linger if you can help it. It is a city destroyed by the Great Society and the death of the US Steel industry. Kudos on “Look Homeward America” and “Ain’t my America”. Both were two very fine reads. Comments are closed.