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Will Michael Jackson's legacy survive the 'Leaving Neverland' documentary?

When we first saw Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on television in the late 1980s, a sarcastic friend of mine wisecracked, "Wow, that looks like a pedophile's paradise."

I tried not to laugh. Like multitudes of others, I had been following Jackson's hit songs and dazzling dance moves since his early days with his brothers in the Jackson Five from Gary, Ind.

I excused his odd excesses -- his cosmetic surgeries, his pet chimp, his ranch in Santa Barbara County with

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