Sunday, August 17, 2014

Footage from Neverland (2009)

This television special was broadcast on Dutch RTL4 Nieuws on July 6th, 2009.
I am sorry that the first part does not have subtitles and that some of the things being said are not 100% factually correct, but I hope you will find it worth watching anyway.




6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for maintaining this site. I was not obsessed with Michael Jackson until about 2 months ago when I stumbled upon your hand made Neverland main house floor plans. It's clear that the love Mr. Jackson showed his fans is present in you. Thanks, again!

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    1. Two months!? Wow! You know, I almost wish I was in your shoes because you have an amazing journey ahead of you. I am very proud that something I did opened your eyes to the "World of Michael" - and very, very humbled by your kind words. Actually, I am not even sure I deserve them, but still...thank you from the bottom of my heart. *bows*

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  2. Sorry my reply has taken so long, but you absolutely deserve this praise. I'm not sure where the motivation comes from, but I end up spending hours reading about this amazing property and on Michael himself.(Did you know he supposedly started a bomb shelter that was quite large on the property that was never finished and that his all of his possessions that were on the auction block are still listed on the Julien's website? https://www.juliensauctions.com/auctions/2009/michael-jackson/icatalog4.html) I can't believe it took me so long to become a fan. When he passed, I got all of his albums and became a fan of the music, but you're site has led me to being a fan of the man. Thank you again, so much, from the bottom of my heart. Oh, PS two odd questions: One, can you tell me where his studio space was on the property? I assume in the same building as the theatre, but I am not sure. And two: any other sites for hidden gems and awesome info on the King of Pop for beginners? Keep up the good work, and consider me a regular of your site.
    Thanks,
    Josh

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    1. Hi Josh!
      Believe me, I know how easy it is to get lost in the world of Michael Jackson. There are so many thing to discover. Once you've peeled back a layer, you discover there's another, and another... It never ends!

      I am not surprised Julien's still have the catalogue on their website. I bet they are clinging to it in the hope that some day they'll get a chance to put his things up for auction again. I doubt it is going to happen, though. The Estate seems to be very protective of Michael belongings and soon his children will be old enough to make decisions too - and hopefully decide to keep all of it. (Though it is a LOT of stuff. So they'll need a big house.)

      I have never heard of the bomb shelter. Where did you get that information?

      Yes, the studio was in the theatre building.

      One of my friends has a really nice blog with lots of tidbits about Michael Jackson - http://amichaelappreciation.blogspot.ca/ - I would say this is a very good place to start. :)

      Thanks for sticking around!

      Enola


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    2. Enola,
      Thanks for the reply and recommendation. I really like to think that the children would keep a lot of the things he had collected. A lot of those things have to bring back memories of their childhood at Neverland. And you're absolutely right about them needing a huge house, because in a special I saw from 60 Minutes, his personal possessions take up a whole warehouse. From the gates to Neverland, to cars, and clothes, it's a huge collection.
      As for the unfinished bomb shelter, I was reading an interview that one of the main contractors that Michael Jackson used for Neverland, Tony Urquidez, had given in 2005 and he claimed to have started a 50x20 foot concrete shelter in the base of one of the mountains around the ranch. He claimed that Michael Jackson was concerned about narrowly missing being in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and this led to his desire to construct a shelter for him and the children. I guess the project got out of hand financially, though and was scrapped, leaving just a "big cement vault", according to Mr. Urquidez. I don't remember where I read the interview, but if I run across it, I'll definitely post it for you.
      Thanks, again!
      Josh

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    3. Josh, I believe I have found the interview you are referring to.
      Interesting... I've never heard of that shelter before, but that doesn't mean it isn't there of course. In fact, I may have found something that could be the unfished shelter in satelite images of Neverland Ranch. There's some kind of structure to the west of the zoo which looks as if it has the right size. The color of the soil around it is very different from that of the surroundings too, which could suggest that some kind of digging or construction has been taking place there. Finally there seems to be a stairwell or something similar leading into the ground on the north side of the structure. Still, I can't see what it is exactly. The structure just seems oddly out of place up there in the hills on its own.
      So who knows?

      Enola

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