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October 23, 1988 | NANCY MILLS
On March 3, 1983, a father set ablaze the room where his 6-year-old son lay sleeping. The boy received third-degree burns over 90% of his body--but he didn't die. Here is the astonishing story of David Rothenberg, his tragedy and triumph, as seen through the eyes of his remarkable mother.
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March 1, 2005 | Susan Dworski
Darwin said that beauty must be loved by nature to be found so often. Rothenberg, a philosophy teacher and jazz musician, embarks on a playful, exuberant, intellectual journey to unravel the baffling mystery of why and how birds sing, taking us from ancient Sanskrit texts to cutting-edge neuroscience.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 | From staff and wire reports
David Rothenberg met privately with his jailed father Friday for the first time since the man set fire to David's bed in a Buena Park motel room in 1983, burning over 90% of his body. Alameda County Sheriff's officials said that Charles Rothenberg, who is awaiting trial on separate charges that he shot a man, met with his son for 35 minutes in a special arrangement after visiting hours at Oakland's North County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
David Rothenberg, who was horribly burned 14 years ago by his father in a Buena Park motel, will make his acting debut next month on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful." Rothenberg, 20, will portray a burn victim named Justin who counsels another character injured in a fire. "He visits the hospital to offer support," said Rothenberg's agent, Howie Hubberman. "It's an inspirational thing. It comes from the heart because he went through it."
NEWS
January 21, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Rothenberg has dreaded this day since kindergarten. The father who doused him with kerosene and set him afire seven years ago is getting out of prison Wednesday. And although Charles Rothenberg has vowed never again to hurt his son, David doesn't buy it. He has practiced self-defense and all the best ways to flee his Orange County home. He knows the fastest routes on his bicycle from his junior high school.
NEWS
March 20, 1988 | NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writer
David Rothenberg is bound for the Pipeline, an acre of concrete craters in Upland where hordes of teen-age boys flock every day to ride, "tube" and "shred" the walls on skateboards. The most famous burn victim in America and his driver are temporarily lost on a freeway cutting through the Inland Empire. "Uh, I think we passed it," David mutters in that aren't-adults-dumb-sometimes tone that 11-year-olds have.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who set fire to his son 13 years ago in a Buena Park motel room was acquitted Wednesday of shooting a man in the head. Charles Rothenberg faced up to 37 years in prison had he been convicted of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. During the trial, Rothenberg was referred to by his new name, Charles Bocca. Jurors didn't know he was the same man who burned then-6-year-old David Rothenberg in 1983 during a custody dispute with his ex-wife, said his attorney, Al Hymer.
NEWS
June 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
David Rothenberg met his jailed father Friday for the first time since the man doused him with kerosene and set him ablaze 13 years ago in a Buena Park motel, authorities said. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Knudsen said the meeting lasted about 35 minutes at the North County Jail, where Charles Rothenberg is awaiting trial in a separate case on charges that he shot a man in the head.
NEWS
March 30, 1990 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Rothenberg, the man who set his son afire in a Buena Park motel room seven years ago, surfaced Thursday for the first time since his parole, saying he lives in Oakland and moves about freely at restaurants and other public places. Nobody, he said, recognizes him. "It's a crummy neighborhood. Very bad. Gunshots all day and night," Rothenberg said in a two-hour telephone call to The Times. "The crack dealers and drug addicts could care less if I'm here."
NEWS
October 31, 1996 | From Associated Press
The man who set fire to his son 13 years ago was acquitted Wednesday of shooting a man in the head. Charles Rothenberg faced up to 37 years in prison if he had been convicted of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Sanford Shapiro, 47, testified that he met Rothenberg at an Oakland diner where Rothenberg worked. He said Rothenberg, 55, went to his motel room on Jan. 12 and shot him in the left temple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who set fire to his son 13 years ago in a Buena Park motel room was acquitted Wednesday of shooting a man in the head. Charles Rothenberg faced up to 37 years in prison had he been convicted of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. During the trial, Rothenberg was referred to by his new name, Charles Bocca. Jurors didn't know he was the same man who burned then-6-year-old David Rothenberg in 1983 during a custody dispute with his ex-wife, said his attorney, Al Hymer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1996 | From staff and wire reports
David Rothenberg met privately with his jailed father Friday for the first time since the man set fire to David's bed in a Buena Park motel room in 1983, burning over 90% of his body. Alameda County Sheriff's officials said that Charles Rothenberg, who is awaiting trial on separate charges that he shot a man, met with his son for 35 minutes in a special arrangement after visiting hours at Oakland's North County Jail.
NEWS
June 8, 1996 | From Associated Press
David Rothenberg met his jailed father Friday for the first time since the man doused him with kerosene and set him ablaze 13 years ago in a Buena Park motel, authorities said. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Knudsen said the meeting lasted about 35 minutes at the North County Jail, where Charles Rothenberg is awaiting trial in a separate case on charges that he shot a man in the head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Rothenberg, freed from parole this week a decade after setting his 6-year-old son afire in a Buena Park motel, remains a danger to his son and talked to other inmates while in prison about killing his former wife and her husband and kidnaping his son, according to court documents. Rothenberg, in a telephone interview Wednesday from his home in San Francisco, denied the accusations and said he does not plan to contact his son, David, or other members of the family.
NEWS
September 22, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Charles Rothenberg, the former New York City waiter who set his 6-year-old son on fire 10 years ago as the boy slept in a Buena Park motel room, completed his sentence Tuesday, ending his stint as the most closely guarded parolee in the state system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1987
Marie Rothenberg, mother of 9-year-old burn victim David Rothenberg, will be among panelists speaking at a one-day conference for burn survivors, their families and health professionals on June 20 at the Disneyland Hotel. Rothenberg will discuss family needs in coping with the recovery of burn victims. She and her son were the subject of a national news after David suffered disfiguring burns in a 1983 fire at a Buena Park motel started by his father.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1985 | HERBERT J. VIDA, Times Staff Writer
When Barbara Ann Kammerer returned to her teaching job at an Anaheim junior high following her car accident, she "knew I had to tell the students why I looked the way I did," she said. When the car burst into flames in the 1977 accident, Kammerer suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of her body. She returned 1 1/2 years later to Orangeview Junior High in Anaheim wearing a head-to-toe pressure suit to protect her still-sensitive skin.
NEWS
September 22, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charles Rothenberg, freed from parole 10 years after he set his son on fire, promised Tuesday to stay away from the boy but said he longs for the day when he can see or talk to him again. "Before I die, I'd love to have my son contact me," said Rothenberg in a telephone interview Tuesday from San Francisco. "This is the only thing that keeps me alive." Rothenberg said he would abide by a restraining order that forbids him from entering Orange County.
SPORTS
June 13, 1991 | MARYANN HUDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They celebrated with a California champagne, but it was clearly Chicago Le Domaine for the Bulls Wednesday night as friends, family and the hundreds of reporters crowded into the tiny locker room after the team won the NBA championship. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was there, so was Norm Van Lier, who played guard for the Bulls in the 1970s. He still leads the club in assists. Michael Jordan's mother, Deloris, was perched on a platform, protected from the shoving camera crews and partying crowd.
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