"There is nobody who knew Michael like I did. He was so gifted, it's hard for me to picture him gone. There is a whole side to him people never saw. For instance, people always think of him as talking in that high, soft voice, but he didn't really speak like that -- it was a facade. Still to this day I am not sure why he did it. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man."
-- David Gest -- another "real man" and ex-husband of Liza Minnelli -- on his memory of Michael Jackson. The two were childhood friends and both later went to the same plastic surgeon.
For more Michael memories, check out our interview with Glenn Douglas Packard who before becoming Brooke Hogan's BFF choreographed Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Concert Special.