Greg Packer of Huntington, N.Y., the world's most quoted man on the street, makes an appearance in Tom Coyne's Associated Press story on the Michael Jackson memorial in Gary, Indiana
Jackson's hometown holds a memorial for pop icon.
Other fans said they had tried unsuccessfully to get tickets to Tuesday's service at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
"I figured I'd do the next best thing and pay my respects here in Gary," said Greg Packer, 45, of Huntington, N.Y. "I wanted to experience this live with other Michael Jackson fans."
Stephanie Dowell of the Pittsburgh Post-Tribune also photographed Packer in his prime spot:
A framed photograph of Michael Jackson brought by Jill Huizar of Portage sits in front of Greg Packer of Huntington, N.Y., as he waves in the newcomers to his front gate spot at the Steel Yard today. Packer flew to Chicago, spent the night at the Greyhound station and rode the South Shore train to arrive early for the Michael Jackson memorial.