Pop singer Michael Jackson's song "Remember the Time" has special meaning for Erin West.

The 11-year-old from Lanham is still holding tightly to her memories of being among 12 youths from across the country who recently took an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris for Jackson's Sept. 13 "Dangerous Tour" concert at Hippodrome de Paris Vincennes.

The youngsters and their parents spent four days in Paris, courtesy of HBO and MultiVision Cable TV in Prince George's County.

"Meeting Michael Jackson backstage for a group picture with him before the concert made me so hyped my body felt frozen," said Erin, a seventh-grader at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beltsville.

But the photo session, she said, was "weird." This "lifelong" Jackson fan wanted her mother, Carol, included in the picture. But Jackson, she said, requested that all parents remain in a designated area backstage.

"Then we're told not to approach {Jackson} or ask any questions," she said.

She described Jackson's manner as aloof.

"He smiled," she continued, "but he didn't talk."

She was a little vexed by his behavior, she said, but then, "he put his arm around my shoulder and said, 'Hi!' "

That was enough to engender tears of excitement.

None of the young people "ever imagined being face to face with Michael Jackson and seeing him live in concert," Erin said, giggling, during a recent interview.

Jackson, she added, "looked more like his sister, LaToya."

Because children are a major theme of Jackson's current tour, which isn't scheduled to come to the United States, HBO and Prince George's MultiVision Cable decided to send a delegation of American children to Europe to see the concert.

Sarah McKinney-Ludd, a teacher who uses cable television in her lessons at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, was asked by MultiVision to select a student from Prince George's who had HBO service at home.

Ludd said she chose Erin, whom she met a few years ago, because she remembered the student "was a Michael Jackson fan."

The Wests were flown to New York, where they joined the other children and their parents before boarding a plane to Paris.

They stayed at a hotel near the Eiffel Tower, visited Euro-Disney and went for a boat ride on the Seine River. The group returned to the United States on Sept. 14.

"Sightseeing was fun, people put eggs on everything they eat, and I didn't want to come home," Erin said. "But I'll always remember the time when I hung with Michael Jackson."