Michael Jackson was in the news this week and for a change of pace it wasn't directly related to his music. (Remember the last time Michael Jackson was in the news regarding his music? Be honest!) You maybe remember, vaguely, a couple of years ago when Jackson was acquitted of charges of being an IL-series Cylon from the original Battlestar Galactica and decided to make himself look all the more horrible by growing an incompetent goatee. In response, he left for Bahrain, where he stayed with Sheikh Abdulla Bin Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa and the Sheikh's son. The Sheikh or his son covered some of Jackson's bills, too.
Now it turns out this is a bit of a legal flap because the Sheikh is arguing Jackson had agreed to a contract in which they'd produce an album, a stage play, and a candid autobiography, and the Sheikh is suing for £4.7 million since none of them were done. And the son had planned to revive Jackson's career by writing songs for Jackson to sing. How is the disgraced-former-pop-star living with the royal family of Bahrain, one of whom hopes to write the songs that will put Jackson back in his rightful place in the world, not a dopey sitcom already? If you add to it that odd story a few months back where a Japanese man discovered that a woman had been living in his closet without his knowledge you've got almost the whole thing set. You just need to add in the dull normal character to be the alleged star while the zaniness swirls all around.
I don't suppose I'm going to follow the trial at all closely or even consistently since it isn't actually important and the details will probably just make me depressed. But the BBC reported that Jackson disliked being characterized as ``an experienced businessman'' and said he never read the terms of a contract he signed and he didn't get the advice to get independent legal advice. That's so ... bizarre a thing to assert. Maybe it's good court strategy but it doesn't help Jackson convince people that he's still got interactions with reality either.
Trivia: Apollo 12's Command Module splashed down apex-first, and turned upright in four minutes and 26 seconds thanks to the inflatable bag uprighting system. Source: Apollo By The Numbers: A Statistical Reference, Richard W Orloff. NASA SP-4029.
Currently Reading: First Down And A Billion: The Funny Business Of Pro Football, Gene Klein, David Fisher. With luck I may learn what would motivate a person to buy the San Diego Chargers.