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Katherine Was Not The Only Jackson Parent Who Bonded The Family
by: Larry Carter

Katherine was not the only Jackson parent who had an unconditional love for Michael, not the only one who nurtured and bonded the family, nor the only one who was always there, always supportive. Joseph Jackson, as widely reported, was a hard taskmaster, his relationship with his famous son evoked mixed emotions from the singer. And Joe Jackson wasn't always easy to understand.

Michael expressed in his 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, "I just wish I could understand my father". The singer acknowledged his father had a great difficulty showing affection, which was more a cause for concern for him than any spanking he received growing up.

In his Oxford speech Michael said that if he did a great show, his father would tell him it was a good show. And if he did an OK show, he would say nothing. The music legend further stated, "My father was a managerial genius and my brothers and I owe our professional success, in no small measure, to the forceful way that he pushed us." While Katherine appeared to be the only parent who sought legal custody of Michael Jackson's children, his father was quoted by ABC News as saying he believed the two of them were ideally suited to take care of and raise their grand children "to be strong Jacksons."

In Michael's last months of life, Joe says his ability to gain access to his son was limited -- hampered by the star's inner circle and security personnel. For months Katherine too had been unable to get in contact with MJ due to the same inner circle. She had to contact Debbie Rowe who got in touch with Arnold Klein, Michael's dermatologist, who informed Michael that his mother was trying to reach him.

Joseph said that his son, who seemingly surrounded himself with those who didn't have his best interests at heart, "didn't know any better."

The extended-family patriarch, commenting on missed opportunities to teach his son street smarts to better judge those seeking to take advantage of his success, said: "Maybe that I might have -- should have learned 'em a little more how the streets are instead of -- instead'a keepin' them -- close together."

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Larry Carter has been a "huge" Michael Jackson fan since the early days of the singer's very first recordings. He has published several articles and is currently penning a book on the mega star. His email address is:; website address:
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