This is a page I developed to be an addition to my page on "The Circuit" in Asbury Park New Jersey. My "Circuit" page has stuff that takes place, or affects "The Circuit", whereas this page has stuff about other things in town. I will aslo throw in some things about prominant, or former Asbury Park residents. To make this page load faster, I'll TRY to keep the number of pic's down. Also note, I tried to do something a little different than using the typical "Greetings from" postcard logo that EVERYBODY who ever does a page about Asbury Park uses. In the near future, look for a really cool slideshow with old and new photos, very rarely seen.
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Photos, underwear seized in Jackson case
Items were taken in March from pop singer's wardrobe
Monday, May 3, 2004 Posted: 10:48 PM EDT (0248 GMT)
(CNN) -- Underwear believed to have been worn by Michael Jackson and photographs of him with young boys have been seized by authorities investigating child molestation charges against the pop star, Monmouth County, New Jersey, officials confirmed Monday.
The Monmouth officials said the items were taken in March by Santa Barbara County, California, authorities as part of their investigation in the molestation case against Jackson.
The items were found in a wardrobe box with Jackson's name on it, according to Henry Vaccaro Sr., who once owned that box and hundreds of other items of Jackson family memorabilia.
He has since sold the collection, which was stored in a warehouse in Asbury Park, New Jersey, after being shipped from California.
CNN cannot independently verify who owned any of the items.
Monmouth County assistant prosecutor Bob Honecker told CNN his office was contacted about the items by Santa Barbara County authorities March 5. Those officials arrived in New Jersey on March 17, he said.
Vaccaro said -- and New Jersey officials confirmed -- the items taken included what Vaccaro called a "pair of soiled, white Calvin Klein size 28 underpants," two photographs of Jackson with young boys, and a note believed to have been written by Jackson that refers to kids who stayed at his Neverland ranch as "rubbers."
Also seized was a letter reportedly from Jackson to his brother Tito's late wife, Dee Dee, warning about child molesters, a Neverland ranch welcome kit and a Neverland "Do Not Disturb" sign, Vaccaro said.
Attorneys for Jackson did not return CNN calls for comment, and authorities in Santa Barbara had no comment when asked about the items.
Jackson, 45, pleaded not guilty Friday to four counts of having "substantial sexual conduct with a child under the age of 14;" one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion; four counts of administering an "intoxicating agent to a minor in order to facilitate child molestation;" and one count of attempted molestation. (Full story)
The charges were filed in December, nearly a month after authorities raided Jackson's Neverland ranch, his 3,000-acre estate in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles. He has been free on $3 million bond since his formal arrest in November.
In an interview with CNN on March 4, Vaccaro said he had sold the collection of Jackson family memorabilia -- which he claimed was the largest in the world -- to a European collector. (Full story)
The collection included costumes, gold records, photographs, letters and documents, he said.
Vaccaro claimed the Jackson family had been collecting the memorabilia for years to decorate a chain of Jackson-themed restaurants, a venture that never materialized.
Vaccaro said the collection was seized by a court in 1999 as part of a legal battle against the Jacksons. A company he owned bought many of the items in 2002 and then sold them to the collector, he said.
Michael Jackson waves to fans at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse
egos tip talented artists down the slippery slope
Published in the Asbury Park Press 3/07/04
By MICHAEL RILEY
And no matter where you look on the Big Rock Candy Mountain that is stardom, you'll find raging egomaniacs at every step along the trail.
"I've seen local talent actually making it, and then they blew it with lifestyle and ego," Santana said. "They become lonely souls, shunned and without anybody to turn to."
On the other hand, he also has seen frustrated narcissists, the one-time headliners who find themselves booked into smaller and smaller venues, where the roar of the crowd becomes more like a murmur. They can be tough to deal with.
"These are the guys who think that they should still be on the top of the hill," he said. "But those days are over, and they can't deal with it."
Santana is a large and engaging man, somewhat of a local celebrity himself. Eating lunch at an Asbury Park deli, he can barely take a bite out of his cheeseburger without somebody coming up to chat or shake his hand. He had to take a quick lunch because he was involved somehow with Bruce Springsteen's charity shows at Convention Hall in early December.
There was, however, enough time for the Asbury Park impresario to wax eloquent about the role of Narcissus, the mythical guy who fell in love with his own reflection, in the music biz.
"I could tell you stories . . .," he said, the operative word being could. He doesn't want to dish too much: "I don't want to get into trouble."
But since the cat is already out of the bag when it comes to Russell Crowe's bad-boy image, both on movie sets and as front man for his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Santana is willing to allow that Crowe is "very high-maintenance."
"He demanded special teas, brands of soda not available in New Jersey, and an attitude of, 'Well, the show can't go on without it.' That right there is where egotism comes in."
An entourage for the ego
Santana maintains that when it comes to detecting massive egos, you need to look no further than the riders artists place in their contracts.
"It gets ludicrous," Santana said. "It gets to the point where you have to say, 'No, we're not putting a carton of cigarettes in your dressing room, we're not getting the special napkins.' You have to say, 'Look -- what do you really need? What is absolutely necessary?' "
Of course, what egotists really need, what is absolutely essential to feeling like the greatest thing since sliced bread, is other people telling them how wonderful they are. And not just when they are on stage, but all the time.
Enter the entourage.
"I call them 'yessums,' " Santana said. "Some stars find that they need to cocoon themselves with people who will reflect back to them their own ideas and sense. They come surrounded with personal trainers, 'spiritual advisers' and 'dietitians.' 'Dietitians?' They're glorified food tasters is what they are. All these people are there to establish a comfort level for the star. And what's in it for them is that they get to share the spotlight, because what they really want is to be the star themselves."
Santana has his own theories about the origins of egotism in the world of big-time celebrity. He likes to say that those who have gone through the gutter, who have been raised in the school of hard knocks, have a better chance of remaining grateful and humble in the face of fame and fortune than those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths. But even there the odds are not good, Santana said. "Show business is an entitlement monster," is the way he puts it.
In other words, he said, all that money, all that attention, and people begin to believe that it is their due, that they are somehow better than the average person.
It has ever been thus, according to Santana.
"When I was 16, I was a busboy at the Stork Club in New York City. All the big stars were there -- Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren -- and we were told that we could never look the stars in the eye," Santana said.
But at rock bottom, Santana maintains, it is the audience who helps give birth to the show-biz show-offs.
"Society demands so much from celebrities," he said. "Society glorifies them and yet makes excuses for the worst sort of behavior. The sheer pressure of that makes it tough for an art-ist, even one who wants to be treated like a normal person. Some stars need to create dra-matic scenes in their lives just to keep that special feeling go-ing."
As far as Santana is concerned, there's no simple cure for the voracious egotism endemic to the divas and prima donnas of the footlights.
"Sometimes," he said, "one of them will have a rude awaken-ing, take a good look in the mirror, and come to realize that the way to be great is to always try to be better than what you are, to push yourself, to excel."
It doesn't happen very often.
Which is why Santana seems genuinely surprised to meet a megastar who is a truly nice guy.
"I don't know how Springsteen does it," Santana said, "without turning cold and heartless. Peo-ple can be so annoying, want-ing his time, wanting to touch him, demanding his space. But he is the humblest guy I ever met. Bruce gives more time and money to charity than any-body knows about. He's one of those angels you often don't see."
When Santana was nearly fin-ished with his lunch, his cell phone rang.
He took the call, said, "Yeah, OK" a couple of times and hung up.
Santana had to leave. There was something of a Convention Hall pre-sound-check emergen-cy.
"I have to go," he said. "Clarence Clemons needs a coat rack. There is no coat rack in his dressing room, and he doesn't want to put his coat down on a chair."
Santana shook his head, chuck-led, and headed out the deli door.
|Jackson collection sold|
ASBURY PARK, March 3, 2004 -- A huge collection of memorabilia formerly belonging to Michael Jackson and his family was loaded into shipping containers today and is headed off to Europe after spending a year and a half in an Asbury Park warehouse.
The collection -- including stage costumes, photographs, documents and props -- is the largest accumulation of Jackson memorabilia in the world, according to city businessman Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. An unidentified buyer paid an undisclosed amount for the collection. Vaccaro said the purchaser will display the items in Europe and Japan.
Vaccaro, of Interlaken, acquired the collection after the Jackson family defaulted on payments owed to him. A company formed by the Jacksons agreed to buy Vaccaro's Kramer Guitar Co. a dozen years ago. Vaccaro obtained possession of the items after years of legal wrangling and the payment of a storage and shipping bill owed by the Jacksons to a California warehouse.
The Jackson family tried but failed to stop the takeover of the items, which were seized by federal marshals after Vaccaro's HVV Corp. obtained a $1.8 million judgment against Jackson Communications Inc. in 1996. The Jackson firm paid only $200,000 of the $1.5 million purchase price, according to Vaccaro. Vaccaro and his son Henry Jr. later founded Vaccaro Guitars Inc., a guitar manufacturer based in Asbury Park.
The Jackson collection had been stored since 2002 in 6,000 square feet of warehouse space at the guitar factory on Second Avenue before it was moved yesterday. Vaccaro said dozens of potential buyers viewed the items before a deal was made with the European buyer.
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