By Thailan Pham ERIC LIEBETRAU Caroline Leavitt Blaine Zuckerman Ellen Shapiro and JOANNA POWELL
Updated October 18, 2010 12:00 PM
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>Deepak Chopra’s son Gotham, whose new memoir is called Walking Wisdom, remembers the Michael Jackson he and his family knew.

HE WAS AN ATTENTIVE DAD

He used to make breakfast for the kids. He knew who liked strawberry milk and who liked chocolate, who liked the monkey cup …

HE WAS AFRAID OF DOGS

I brought my dog who wasn’t even 10 lbs. to Neverland. She was chasing him, playing, and he climbed up on a table!

HE LOOKED SHOCKING WITHOUT HIS MAKEUP

He had splotches from his skin disease; burn scars on his scalp. In the privacy of his home he didn’t bother covering it all up. With the scars from his plastic surgery, it made you do a double take.

HE LOVED NICKNAMES

He called me Applehead. And he cursed a lot, so he’d call me all sorts of other things that aren’t appropriate for PEOPLE magazine!

HE CRAVED ORDINARY HUMAN CONTACT

When I was a journalist, he’d ask me to bring him raw tapes of my interviews so he could see what people looked like, talked like. It was as close as he got to real people.