Must Reads

At Staples Center: A Fan Comes To Honor Her 'First Crush'


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

itoggle caption Corey Takahashi

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.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.