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Longtime Friend Pete Bennett Bids Farewell to Michael Jackson, King of Pop (VIDEO)

Final installment in Tim King's interview on Michael Jackson with world's top rock promoter, Pete Bennett.

Michael Jackson during the 'Thriller' years.
Michael Jackson during the 'Thriller' years.

(MONTREAL) - In this final installment of Tim King's interview with Rock Promoter Pete Bennett, we learn about a Michael Jackson who, like Pete's longtime client John Lennon, who balled up with pressure over a non-stop busy life fraught with all kinds of issues and problems that ultra stars deal with.

Pete Bennett & Tim King 2008

Pete talks candidly about his longtime friend who probably had no plans to check out of this life early. In spite of his problems, Michael Jackson had an uncanny ability to bring people to the table and he worked with everyone from top musicians to the children of Africa to President Ronald Reagan himself, in order to make the world a better place.

He also worked with LA gang members when creating the music video for Beat It. Pete says Michael Jackson simply wanted better for people, and he was generous in donating money to causes that make a difference.

The King of Pop professed his love to his fans in ways that few performers do. He was a child star who was under major pressure from his family and much of that never subsided.

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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer

Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.

Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.

Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu

In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.

Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: tim@salem-news.com. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)

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Daniel July 6, 2009 6:24 pm (Pacific time)

Thanks Tim a great ending to the series , one of the best i have seen . It was very insightful .

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