The story now emerging of Jimmy Saville's life choices is both sad and disturbing.
I have to say that I never liked him even at his height but my children did. "Jim'll fix it" was required viewing every Saturday tea time. Long and earnest discussions were held regularly to find something he might be able to "Fix" for them. The dafter the idea the more likely it was to succeed.
At ten my daughter was both a talented young musician and very pretty. She wondered if Jim could fix it for her to play her flute with a large orchestra or on her own on the TV!
Letters were composed and thrown away. I am not sure any of them got through but she was never contacted... Thank God.
Today its impossible to imagine the power and the pull of this man. Or the cleverness. He had found the most successful way of attracting young people to him...he made their dreams come true! Of course they all wanted to be part of that.
He dressed up the whole thing by being philanthropic. Ran marathons, pushed a stretcher in the local hospital.....he designed the TV persona as a funny, do gooding hero! Of course he succeeded and no wonder the children he abused kept quiet...no doubt many thought it was their own fault, that is the tragedy of abuse.
Its easy to say he BBC colluded in all this, someone must have known. But we are talking idolatry here. The myth that he'd built around him fooled most people because people like me whilst inwardly squirming at his antics never imagined that he would actually abuse those girls.
The potent effect of a massive ego trip lasted until after his death. I sympathise with his family who can now see his legacy crumble. But I ask them to try to remember those girls who at a tender age had their notions of love, romance and marriage completely shattered as well as the long term effect of physical abuse.
I really do thank God that Jim never fixed it for my daughter! Or my son come to that!