Remember the Time: A True Intimate Look at Michael Jackson (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/11/18
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REMEMBER THE TIME ...an intimate look inside the relationship between Michael Jackson and his real Billie Jean, Ms. Theresa J. Gonsalves, as she reveals what the others didn't! Her letter writing brought them together, now read the details in her own words through letters to Michael in his afterlife as she shares her memories through their amazing relationship.
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She nurtured a dream of meeting Michael and through her letters to him made it come true. She's been written about in Tarraborrelli's book and the authenticity of his accounts raise suspicion, (particularly regarding Michael's dealings with the $phony Corporation), but I don't doubt his overall credibility.
Ms. Gonsalves shares with everyone who is interested that he was indeed a human being. Do I think he'd be upset by this book? No, I don't. She portrayed him with great love and affection and showed him to be sensitive and genuinely kind and caring (especially with regard to her own relationships and with her children). In the aftermath of his shocking death, I was drawn by an unexplainable desire to learn more about the real Michael Jackson. After 18 months of intense research, I'm convinced we lost more than the greatest entertainer who ever lived--we lost an extraordinarily caring human being who sincerely hoped to change the world (and he didn't just talk about it--he poured his heart, soul and millions into it). Thanks to an out-of-control media and a judicial system that is horribly flawed, he was slowly and systematically destroyed, both physically and mentally. Have you ever asked yourself why Michael had such difficulty sleeping? Would you be able to sleep after enduring decades of vicious assaults on every aspect of your life? With the intense focus cast on the cruel crime of "bullying" of late, do we not understand that Michael Jackson was the "poster child" for bullying? We just didn't recognize it as such.
Theresa Gonsalves became a trusted friend. Remember how he painfully shared his difficulty in trusting people, and how desperate he was to talk to someone that he'd often leave his home in Encino and walk the streets asking people to be his friend? (See Moonwalk) Is it hard to understand that he found warmth, humor and acceptance with this woman? She loved Michael, the human being. She was able to connect with him in an ordinary way and make him feel that she wanted nothing but his friendship. Do I believe they were intimate? Yes, of course. Sure he had strong religious convictions and may have been conflicted in what spontaneously happened, but he was a human being with physical desires. Everyone desires to be loved and experience real intimacy. To think that Michael didn't want that, too, is delusional. To be perfectly frank, I'm glad she shared about their intimate encounters. I am so sick of hearing the same old horrible lies about him. I would have much rather heard countless stories about his sexual exploits with women than to have him accused of such unthinkable acts that he cruelly endured on not one but two occasions. He valued his privacy but I don't think he'd be embarrassed about this book. His heart was filled with love and compassion.
No one in his or her right mind would ever want to have the kind of life Michael endured. Even though he married Lisa Marie Presley and probably loved her very much, fame destroyed his chances to simply be a husband and father and enjoy a family life. What he got was deception and heartache. I believe he treasured his friendship with Ms. Gonsalves--a friendship that was genuine and yes, ordinary. What I find particularly moving is that these two found each other without desperate searching--fate brought them together on several occasions. He experienced normalcy--real love and acceptance for just being Michael Jackson, a flesh and blood man.
Her account is very real and loving to me. She did not write this in a cheap, exploitive way. There's nothing trashy or distasteful about it.
Sadly, I wish she could have been a stronger influence in his life; he might still be with us instead of being cruelly and negligently "killed" by the fame monster. I cannot imagine how his death affected her.
God bless you, Theresa Gonsalves. Keep your faith and determination and may God restore you to good health.
Thank you for loving Michael.
I am sure countless other MJ fans will find this book a source of soothing comfort as they gain additional insight into the life of this amazing man who left us all too soon. I am several years older than Michael, but I recall him as that little kid who burst on the scene with energy and talent and who seemed to take total command of the stage, even back then--in the `60s, in Gary.
This book is a "must have" for MJ fans who want to get a better picture of Michael in his adolescence and youth. The photographs that she has included in the book brought it all back---the shy, sensitive, handsome young man who literally set the world on fire when he performed! Now I ask? Who, who can forget his electrifying Motown Anniversary performance of Billy Jean?
After reading this book, I came away with the feeling that Theresa must be his soul mate and that they shared some very precious intimate time together---and that she has got to be that "Billy Jean"!