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    Default Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Click link for some photos of Neverland including one with Michael:

    http://www.kwch.com/Global/story.asp...av=menu486_2_6


    Video: http://www.kwch.com/global/video/fla...fo&rnd=3031638

    Wichitan Talks About Friendship With Michael Jackson


    By Kim Wilhelm (WICHITA, Kan.)

    He had Michael Jackson's direct private phone number. During the 1990's, it wasn't unusual for Wichitan Rob Swinson to talk to and spend time with Jackson. Swinson was National Sales Manager for Chance Rides in Wichita and remembers the day he received a phone call asking about a merry-go-round.

    "I remember telling the office, ‘I think I just got a call from somebody representing Michael Jackson,'" said Swinson.

    At that time, Jackson was just thinking about building Neverland Valley Amusement Park and ordered a custom carousel and a train. Swinson developed a friendship with the pop superstar and became his personal Amusement Ride Consultant and Park Developer. Swinson says Jackson was one of the kindest, most good-hearted people he's ever known.

    "I was one of the privileged few to be able to know Michael personally and share those one on one times with him," said Swinson. "I guess one of the reasons Michael and I bonded so well and enjoyed working together is the fact we were both perfectionists."

    Swinson has hundreds of pictures of Jackson's Neverland Valley Amusement Park - from the early stages to final completion. He says Jackson would bus in hundreds of sick, disabled and L. A. Inner City children so they could enjoy the park.

    On the walls in Swinson's home are pictures of him and Jackson together. He has many autographed items and has collected anything and everything to do with Jackson over the years - from Jackson 5 and Thriller albums to newspaper and tabloid articles written about the superstar. Swinson laughed when he showed a tabloid article published when Neverland was being built. It showed aerial pictures of the grounds and speculated how Jackson was building a golf course.

    "They had no idea but they printed this anyway," said Swinson.

    Swinson would stay at the ranch during his business trips. He even has a laminated phone extension list so he'd know how to get a hold of ranch staff. One listing gives an extension number with "MJ office". He remembers getting a call from Jackson after a big European concert.

    "He should've been exhausted from a big performance but all he wanted to know about was how the rides were coming along," said Swinson.

    He says he never thought of Jackson as a huge star. To him, he was a friend.
    "He called me ‘The Maker of Dreams,'" said Swinson. "I made his Neverland dreams come true."

    But after being accused of molesting children, Swinson says Jackson wasn't the same. Neither was Neverland.
    "It was all gone," said Swinson. "It was very sad. Very sad."

    One of the Neverland rides was in Sedgwick County during the fair. Swinson says it was Jackson's favorite "wild action" ride - the Zipper. After the park closed, the rides were sold off.
    Swinson says Jackson's death was difficult to take. He flew to California last week to pay his respects at Neverland Ranch and cried when he watched the memorial on TV. He was especially touched when Brooke Shields talked about Jackson looking down on them from a crescent moon. "Blue Boy sitting in a crescent moon" was one of the logos Jackson used at Neverland Valley Amusement Park and on ranch memorabilia, and Swinson believes that's what Shields was referring to.

    "He always wanted to be remembered as a person, not as a personality," said Swinson.

    "His friends, family and fans will miss him very much."
    Copyright 2009 Images from "The Robert E. 'Rob' Swinson Private Collection." All rights reserved.


    http://www.kwch.com/Global/story.asp...av=menu486_2_6

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    I screen-captured the pic:


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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    lol they have swapped their hats....

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    thanks for sharing that xx

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Aww, this breaks my heart. I wish we all got to know Michael the way that other folks had the chance to. He truly was a caring and loving soul. This man was very lucky to have kown him and kind enough to share his experience. Bless his kind words. Glade he did this interview.

    I hope some day a few of those rides see their way back to NL, and it once again his given new life.

    *~ Forever Michael...my 'Musical Muse'...~*

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Every person who was blessed enough to meet Michael used one word to describe him.....KIND. Michael was a very kind man. Kindess in the bible is a fruit of the Spirit of God.
    "Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone"...Marlon Jackson, 7/7/09, Michael Jackson Memorial, Staples Center

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Quote Originally Posted by AllTheLovelyFlowers View Post
    Every person who was blessed enough to meet Michael used one word to describe him.....KIND. Michael was a very kind man. Kindess in the bible is a fruit of the Spirit of God.
    Absolutely! Kind, gentle, loving father, glowing aura... All the people who have met him are coming out now and this is their common description of Michael. The press can't deny it anymore!

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Neverland Amusement Park forever.

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Beautiful Thanks for sharing.
    Make that change.

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Thank you for sharing this.

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Oh wow, I just met this guys niece here. My daughter befriended her and was telling her about our tickets to the concert that we had and she told us her uncle was a friend of his. That he built his rides and then they started hanging out every once in a while and became friends. I think she said they'd play golf together or something. I thought that was funny. I never thought of him as a golfer. It's probably the same guy. I think they were from Missouri or something? I can't remember now. Somewhere in the states anyways.
    Weird is just another word for Unique :-)

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    What a lovely article *sigh* Neverland is such a great and beautiful place. Just wow.
    I miss you

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ape View Post
    Oh wow, I just met this guys niece here. My daughter befriended her and was telling her about our tickets to the concert that we had and she told us her uncle was a friend of his. That he built his rides and then they started hanging out every once in a while and became friends. I think she said they'd play golf together or something. I thought that was funny. I never thought of him as a golfer. It's probably the same guy. I think they were from Missouri or something? I can't remember now. Somewhere in the states anyways.
    He probably wanted to wear his single glove during golf!

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    Default Re: Neverland ride developer talks about Michael (photo/video)

    Quote Originally Posted by AllTheLovelyFlowers View Post
    Every person who was blessed enough to meet Michael used one word to describe him.....KIND. Michael was a very kind man. Kindess in the bible is a fruit of the Spirit of God.
    yes.......................


    thanks for sharing the article.
    He wanted people "to know him as a person not as a personality"
    He also said that himself during the grammy awards 1993

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