Juanda Smith of Atlanta, who has come to Los Angeles for Michael Jackson's memorial service today. Corey Takahashi


By Mark Memmott

He had a dark side like many other people do, but Michael Jackson was a legend and her "first crush," says fan Juanda Smith, 32, of Atlanta.

She and a friend managed to get tickets to today's memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Smith spoke last evening with correspondent Corey Takahashi.

On her many years as a Jackson fan:

What she expects from today's service:

His "dark side":

Earlier, Corey sent along audio from an interview with a man who says the memorial service will be "as epic" as Woodstock.

For much more about the Jackson service and the pop icon's death, go here.

categories: Culture

11:45 - July 7, 2009