Michael Jackson: 10 quotes on the 30th anniversary of "Thriller"

Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, was born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. His talent as a singer and performer was recognized early on and he became the lead singer of his family’s Motown group, Jackson 5. Most of Jackson’s childhood was spent working. In 1968, Berry Gordy signed the Jacksons onto a label. In January 1970, their single “I Want You Back” from their first album, "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5," reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hits such as “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There” soon followed. When Jackson was 13, his own album reached the top charts in 1971 with the song “Got to Be There.” By the 1980s Jackson was one of the central figures in pop music. His music videos for songs such as “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller” played a key role in popularizing music videos as a form of art and promotional tools. His album "Thriller," released on Nov. 30, 1982, is still the number one selling album in history. Jackson’s unexpected death in 2009 shocked and saddened his millions of fans worldwide. 

1. Being loved

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"If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with."

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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