I came across this while browsing the fantastic Google Books magazine archive, as I am wont to do. It’s a special on Michael Jackson from the December 1982 issue of Ebony. Jackson had just released his landmark Thriller album and had contributed the song “Someone in the Dark” to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The article is clearly from the age when M.J. could do no wrong, and the ugly rumors and innuendo that dogged his professional and personal lives had yet to surface. He was still simply Michael, beloved pop singer on the cusp of mega-stardom.
But what’s really fun — and a little sad — is to look at all the pictures, featuring Michael looking happy and rubbing elbows with the biggest names in entertainment at the time — Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Tatum O’Neal, Brooke Shields, Donna Summer, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Sidney Poitier, Paul McCartney, and even Seals & Crofts. Oh yeah, and E.T.