Teen Star Magazine Interview
Q: Michael, your fans want to know your ideas about
a first date!
MJ: On a first date, I like to bring a girl over
to my house for a barbeque and a swim, especially on a warm summery evening!
I know that some chicks get mad if you don't take them somewhere fancy
and spend alot of money on them on a date, but I'm not interested in those
kinds of girls. I want someone who I can feel comfortable with just sitting
and talking to, or sharing a fun, casual time with! I'm not sayin' that
we wouldn't ever go out. I love to go out to movies, concerts, and restaurants,
but I think it's important to know one another on a first date, and you
can't if you go to watch somethin' all night!
Q: Are you a 'gentleman' on a date?
MJ: I never gave it much thought. Opening doors
for girls is something that I just do automatically without thinking,
like scratchin' my head when it itches! When you're taught all your life
to do polite things for girls, you just can't forget it! It's second nature
to you, like breathing or tapping your feet to music!
Q: How do you feel about kissing on a first date?
MJ: I can dig it! I think that if you dig a chick
enough to ask her out, you're crazy if you don't want to kiss her. And,
if she accepted the date, she likes you and probably wants to be kissed.
So, I couldn't think of any reason why you shouldn't! I think I'd like
to wait 'till the end of the date before I kissed her, though! I think
most girls are afraid you're comin' on too fast if you kiss them right
away. But, if I could tell that chick I was with was just waitin' to be
kissed, I wouldn't mess around wastin' time! I'd take her in my arms,
bend her face back to rest on the back of her seat, and slowly lean toward
her, gazin' into her eyes and talking in a slow, smooth voice. Then, I'd
press my lips against hers, gently at first, then harder and harder until
we're both lost in a soul kiss of true love.
Q: How do you feel about honesty between a guy
and a girl?
MJ: I think that bein' honest with one another
is important when you're gettin' serious with a chick, and don't want
to have her goin' out with other guys. You have to be loyal and true to
one another, or your love will never last! But, when you're dating lots
of chicks, and the chicks you date go with other guys, honesty isn't so
important. Don't get me wrong, though! I don't think lyin' to someone
is ever a good or a smart thing to do! But, as long as you haven't made
any promises to each other, you have the right to keep some things for
yourself! For instance, if you've been dating a chick on and off and she
dates other guys, and she asks you where you were when she phoned your
house and didn't get an answer, I don't think it's any of her business
to know you were out with a different girl! I don't think I have the right
to pry into her life either!
Q: What would you do if you fell in love with a
girl who was going steady with someone else?
MJ: Well, if I knew from the beginning that she
was going with another guy, I probably wouldn't date her, no matter how
much I wanted to! But, if I didn't know she was going steady, and I found
out after I fell in love with her, I think I'd be pretty mad! Even if
I thought that she didn't do it to be cruel, and was just too scared to
tell him her true feelin's, I think I'd tell her in a kind, understanding
way, to figure out what she was gonna do, and come back after she'd done
Q: Michael, what do you admire in others?
MJ: I admire people who are really dedicated to
their music and to entertaining people! That's why I admire Sammy Davis
Jr, and hope to be like him when I grow up! He's a super professional,
who puts a spell over his audience like some kind of magician. Singin'
and dancin' his heart out to give his audience a thrill they'll never
forget. It takes many years to get like that, and that's my goal.
Q: What is the one thing you dislike in a person?
MJ: I guess it's conceited, snobbish people that
really bother me! Some people are very egotistical, and think they're
better than everyone else! They're always talkin' about themselves, and
can't listen to you when you're trying to tell them something about yourself.
They keep looking around to see if someone's lookin' at them, instead
of looking directly at you, listening to what you're sayin'! It's like
talking to a stone wall. When I meet a chick like that, I just turn off
Q: Here's a hard question - what one thing in your personality would you
change if you could?
MJ: Well, my Mom says that I'm a procrastinator,
which means that I put off things I don't want to do. I know that it's
better to get things out of the way as soon as you can, like cleaning
your room, or doing your chores but sometimes I have a hard time gettin'
around to them and keep putting them off!
MJ Tidbits in 1972:
Fave colors: orange and red
Fave food: barbeque beef sandwiches (he's changed just a bit)
Fave drink: milk
Fave desert: apple pie
Fave hobby: drawing
Fave animals: dogs and horses
Fave movie: The Great White Hope
Fave instrument: drums and piano
Fave group: The Supremes
Fave sports: swimming and basketball
Fave TV Show: Hawaii 5-0
Fave clothes: wild print shirts, caps, and bell bottom pants
Fave J5 Song: I'll Be There
Fave Male Singers: Sammy Davis Jr and Lou Rawls
Fave Female Singer: Diana Ross
Fave saying: Right on!
Fave clothes for girls: Shar lookin' pant suits (heaven forbid)
Fave vacation spot: Yosemite National Park
In the magazine, fans were voting for their favorite
teen star as president. Here were Michael's campaign promises:
One promise I'll make for you for sure is that
if I win STAR Magazine's Superstar of '72 election, I'm gonna be so happy
that I'll grab you wherever and whenever we meet, and give you a big kiss
to thank you for bein' my fan and for giving me your vote! I always like
to show my fans that I dig them and appreciate all they've done for me
by holdin' their hand and lookin' right in their eyes as I talk to them
(MJ is such a pimp)! When a chick takes the time and trouble to come see
me, no matter where I am or how busy I am, I'm gonna do all I can so that
when she leaves she'll really feel that it was worth her while! Here are
Promise Number One: Whether or not I win the title
Superstar of '72, I'm going to continue to work even harder at putting
together an exciting show (like learning to play the piano!), so that
when you come to see us sing and dance, you'll remember our show all your
Promise Number Two: I promise that we'll try to
make our concert costumes real 'baaad' (future foreshadowing) and foxy
to keep you turned on! And I want you to send me any J-5 costume ideas
you might have!
Promise Number Three: I promise to bring lots of
personally autographed pictures of the J-5 on the road with me, so that
when I see you in concert, you'll have something to really remember us
Promise Number Four: To love and cheris each of my sweet-faced fans forever