Let me say a couple of words about Dave Dave as another of Michael
Jacksons young friends. I know all that BS which is circulating
in the Internet about him being Michael in disguise
(a lie which is unfortunately promoted by the MJfiles blog)
and dont want anyone to buy it it is enough to
look at Daves disfigured hands to realize the absurdity
of all those stories.
Dave Dave is a real person who lives in Utah and this
is his real story:
The boy used to be called David Rothenberg but he changed his
name to free himself from his fathers name and criminality,
as he put it, after his father had committed an abominable crime
he doused him with kerosene when the boy was asleep,
set him on fire and burned 90 per cent of his six-year-old body.
This was in 1983.
Michael befriended Dave and though he didnt pay for his
surgeries as his mother had an insurance which covered all medical
bills, he offered the boy enormous emotional support for
the next 30 years. Dave Dave went to Michaels funeral
and spoke of their friendship there.
This is what Dave remembers of Michael Jackson:
He heard about me and contacted me. He wanted to meet
me. I was about 7 years old at the time (so Michael should
have been 16 then). He befriended me. He took me into his
life. He opened up his arms to me and accepted me as a very
good friend of his. And throughout the years he never let me
go. Michael was like a father to me.
I turned around and there was Michael. At that moment
we embraced and that embrace never ended throughout our whole
I believe what people fail to realize is that Michael
was a human being. Throughout the years he was kind of stigmatized
by the media.
He has been my friend throughout everything that Ive been
through. And hes my only friend that I can say thats
been there for me always. Hes really had an impact on
my life not because he is a celebrity. Becuase hes
been through a kind of the same thing as Ive been through.
He was a great person. He never hurt a soul and Im
happy to have been his friend all these years. Michael offered
a lot of emotional support for me. Michael was there for me
whenever I needed to talk to him. He opened up Neverland to
me as a means to get away. Metaphorically he was always like
a father that I never had.
At the funeral Brian Oxman sat next to Dave and spoke of Daves
eulogy as moving The
In the video below Dave Dave is saying:
It was quite an amazing experience. There was a tap on my
shoulder. I turned around and there was Michael. Our relationship
started with a hug. A hug that never ended throughout the years.
Michael Jackson was like a father figure for me. He gave me
a lot of advice, he showed me a lot of things about the world.
He really was a source of emotional support for me.
I believe I lost a Person in my life but at the same time I
gained a lot of knowledge.
As a postscript to this story I need to say one thing.
The disfigured face of the burned man is quite a sight even
now and one would involuntarily shy away from a picture like
that. It becomes easier when you get used to it but you will
probably agree with me that the initial impression is still
that of a shock.
Since Michael was a human being it must have been the same for
him too and Im completely awestruck by the fact that he
could embrace the poor child with such genuine affection and
not a quiver of pain, displeasure or any alien feeling on his
face, other than love.
On the other hand I can well imagine the horrifying impression
such a friendship progressing into adulthood must have made
on the people around Michael let us say, the staff at
Neverland, his team of assistants or even his wife, Lisa Marie
In the days when people are taught day and night the goal of
being beautiful and glamorous by all those fashion magazines,
it must have looked like an ugly joke to Michaels surrounding
that he would choose as friends disfigured children like Dave
(or bald-headed boys like Gavin Arvizo), invite them to Neverland,
associate with them closely and never refuse them a call for
the next 30 years or so.
What I am trying to say is actually what Michael told Shmuley
Boteach about his marriages (in those tapes). He said that he
always gave his time to someone else and this is what very few
women would put up with.
Imagine that this someone else is always a sick
somebody, a handicapped child or an old teacher of Michael suffering
from complete loss of memory who doesnt even recognize
Michael when she sees him, and you will understand how big an
impression of fatigue, boredom and misunderstanding this lifestyle
will produce on ordinary people like Michaels publicity
man Bob Jones, for example, or even his wife Lisa Marie Presley
who is keen on sitcoms, a wild and glamorous way of life and
who is ten years his younger ..
Well, Princess Diana was not the ordinary kind of woman and
was well above the average and Michael did speak of her with
elation as an ideal kind of a woman for himself, but having
a kindred soul like that for a spouse is a very rare luck -
an extremely rare luck, I would say.
And if one day we discuss Lisa Marie Presley and her interview
I wouldnt want you to overlook this point.
October 30, 2010 7:36 pm
Thank you Helena for your last two posts. I add here links to
2 videos that show one more time what a great humanitarian Michael