Michael Johnson came to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. It was the 1983/84 school year, when Michael Jackson's Thriller Album was on its rise. A friend of mine witnessed a young woman coming down the stair from the auditorium where the concert was to be performed that evening. As the young woman ran down the stair she was screaming, "Michael Jackson is going to be giving a concert here tonight!" As she was saying this, she ran by Michael, who then gestured with his hands, as if he was weighing two objects and saying, "Jackson...Johnson?"

That evening Michael came out on the stage. It was just he, his classical guitar, and his ability to build rapport with the audience. It was truly impressive.