When the King of Pop met the Queen of the Universe [Trinidad & Tobago]

 Trinidadians all over the world uttered a wistful sigh when this photo of Trinidad and Tobago’s 1977 Miss Universe Queen Janelle “Penny” Commissiong and the late Mr. Jackson himself was published in the Trinidad Guardian last week.

Michael Jackson in 1978 with Miss Universe 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong

Michael Jackson in 1978 with Miss Universe 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong

 The year was 1978 and 5 shy black brothers- a.k.a. The Jackson Five had just changed labels from Motown to Epic and riding a wave of popularity- well at least here anyway. They caused much ado among young female screaming fans most of whom are happy to recall their “Jackson” moment. Their visit and concerts are now phenomenally remembered with the passing of Michael Jackson.

 I must state that this photo wasn’t part of any grand historic conservation project nor an exhibition of any sort but given the current climate of regret in this country over the passing of the great King of Pop, this gem from the newspaper archives deserves honourable mention in my blog.

The link to the original article written by Dexter Lyndersay is here.
Photo by Mark Lyndersay.


4 Responses to “When the King of Pop met the Queen of the Universe [Trinidad & Tobago]”

  1. Thanks for the mention of this work. A correction, though. The story and photographs were done by me, (that’s Mark Lyndersay), not Dexter, who is my deceased father. Dexter was not living in Trinidad and Tobago when the Jacksons visited.
    Folks who could care less and want more MJ can visit this link…

  2. Nareena Says:

    Wow, there’s a bit of history that I didn’t know…how interesting that is…

  3. lorne sandy Says:

    There I was looking for info on Janelle Penny for my daughter’s school project, only to stumble upon such a lovely and historic picture. I was only 9 years when The Jacksons visited, but hey, what a rollercoaster ride it was for a very young and impressionable T&T. An event that would live in infamy, The Queen of beauty and The King of pop. Thanks for the memory.

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