Outside the Staples Center, entrepreneurs set up shop on Tuesday. They knew loyal fans had come to say goodbye to one of their favorite pop icons and that many would want to take a piece of it home with them. Buttons, T-shirts, posters, glitter gloves, whatever material that could be used to commemorate Michael Jackson, it seemed that someone had thought of it. Take a look:
I WAS A FORTUNATE STRANGER WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF MEETI NG MICHAEL AND TALKING WITH HIM. AT THE TIME, I WAS AN ART STUDENT IN COLLEGE WHO HAD DONE A PAINTING OF HIM. I STILL HAVE THAT PAINTING, WHICH HE SIGNED FOR ME. HOWEVER, THE MAIN THING I REMEMBER ABOUT THAT ENCOUNTER WAS HOW NICE, INTELLIGENT AND COMPASSIONATE HE WAS. WHAT A GENTLEMAN HE WAS! HE TOLD ME A LITTLE ABOUT THINGS WE HAD IN COMMON ( I NOTICED THAT HE WAS AN AVID READER, AS HE HAD SEVERAL BOOKS WITH HIM). THIS WAS DURING THE WORLD SERIES AND SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE CITY WERE MORE INTERESTED IN THE HOME TEAM. WHEN HE GOT ON THE BUS WITH HIS BROTHERS, RANDY, TITO, MARLON AND JACKIE, HE PRESSED HIS FACE AND HAND TO THE TINTED GLASS ON THE BUS SO I COULD SEE HIM WAVE GOODBYE. THERE WAS NOTHING STRANGE AT ALL ABOUT THIS MAN, AS AL SHARPTON SAID–IT IS A SHAME THAT SOME PEOPLE CAN'T ALLOW HIS FAMILY THE PEACE AND DIGNITY MICHAEL SO RICHLY DESERVES.
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