Check out letters from those who agreed with us, and those who didn't, on Michael Jackson

By EW Staff
Updated July 17, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Feedback from our readers

Michael Jackson Collector’s Issue
If you missed our special tribute issue, go to to purchase a collectible set ($12.50). The four-issue assortment, which features iconic images of the late King of Pop, includes three covers not available on newsstands.

Gone Too Soon
My father remembers seeing the Jackson 5, a group of young black men just like him and his brothers, on The Ed Sullivan Show. I remember my parents playing Thriller and my brother dressing in a red zippered ”Beat It” jacket. Michael Jackson’s music has been an important part of my life, and at the news of his death, I felt like a part of my childhood had died. Thank you for the tribute issue to the entertainer who gave us so much.
Brandy Colbert

  • As a longtime subscriber, I felt the need to write to you regarding Chris Nashawaty’s piece ”The Man, The Magic, The Mystery.” Never before have I been so touched by an article in your magazine as I was by this one — it brought tears to my eyes.
  • Nikki Ennis
  • Byars, Okla.

For my 10th birthday, all I asked for was Thriller. I was obsessed. My sisters, my cousins, and I watched The Making of Thriller until we could quote it verbatim. When an article about Jackson appeared in The Boston Globe, I cut it out and put it in a scrapbook. I bid a fond farewell to him, and to an era.
Kristin M. Shaver
Nashua, N.H.

How can you have a Michael Jackson Ultimate Playlist without ”Beat It”?
Jay Kuzara
Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Music critic Leah Greenblatt responds: If we had had three times the space, we still couldn’t have gotten to all the songs that many — including me! — consider essential. ”Beat It” is a bona fide classic; I just happen to love four other tracks from Thriller even more, and we were attempting to represent as many of his albums as possible. However, you will find ”Beat It” in our roundup of his all-time top 10 videos.

Reader’s Delight
In recent issues you’ve touted young-adult novelists Libba Bray and Sarah Dessen. It’s so refreshing to read a national magazine that can strut its discerning lit-knowledge stuff instead of recommending Gentle Ben and Anne of Green Gables to today’s youth. You’ve made this middle school librarian’s heart go pitter-pat with joy.
Jen Blair
Portland, Ore.

A photo caption for the TV review of 10 Things I Hate About You misidentified the actress shown with Ethan Peck as Lindsey Shaw. She is Nadine Crocker.