Posts Tagged ‘Grief’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed for San Juan Journal Article

  Survivor recalls Jonestown Copy of Laura Kohl's Guyan driver's license — Image Credit: Contributed Photo/Laura Kohl By Heather Spaulding Journal Reporter They worked to create a community without hate or violence, filled with love, peace, independent yet supportive, artistic and healthy – the 60s utopian dream. What happened was a nightmare. “Jonestown lived and died in two years,” said Laura Kohl, a Jonestown survivor. “It never had a chance to get beyond the building stage.” Kohl will be speaking at the San Juan Island Library on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. At this free event, she will be discussing her experiences at Jonestown and how she coped after the tragedy. The ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to High School Students’ Questions

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Responds to questions from high school students preparing for a National History Championship. I always answer questions from students and curious people of all ages when they have taken the time to write to me about Peoples Temple. Here I have responded to ten questions: What compelled you to join the Peoples Temple? I was in high school and college in the 1960s. In high school in Maryland, I was part of an integrated group that helped integrate a huge local amusement park – I felt that our society had been divided far too long. I also watched many of my ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Radio/Internet Interview

I was interviewed by  Tami Urbanek of Empowerment Through Healing Here are the links: Spreaker: http://www.spreaker.com/user/journeyfortruth/journey-for-truth-jonestown-cult-mass-su_1 SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tamiurbanek-radio/jonestown-cult-mass-suicide-survivor Please share! Tami Urbanek Empowerment Through Healing Making New Choices to Create a New Reality Universal Education Foundation, 501 (c) (3) Listen to Journey For Truth on demand on Spreaker.com

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Upcoming 2016 Events

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR UPCOMING EVENTS January 8             Radio interview on “Radiobookshelf” with Lou in the Morning January 8             Radio interview on Empowerment through Healing, with Tami Urbanck February 15         University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA – presentations to classes and the public February 17         San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor, WA – JONESTOWN SURVIVOR book presentation March 19             Hosting Author’s Table at U of Phoenix Writer’s Expo for Writers April 15                Oaks North Community Ctr Bd of Directors Meeting – Speaking about my book and life June 4-5               BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL – Hosting Author’s Table October 6-8          Presentation ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR 2016 When 914 members of Peoples Temple and four visiting Americans died in Guyana, South America on November 18, 1978, Laura Johnston Kohl survived. She was one of 87 who lived through the trauma. After participating with the Black Panthers, and attending Woodstock, Laura moved into Peoples Temple in California in 1970, and was an active and enthusiastic member until it ended. She moved to Guyana in March 1977. She lived her first year in Georgetown, purchasing supplies, then moved to Jonestown, a 24-hour boat ride away. She moved back into Georgetown in October ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR TRIFECTA

Trifecta – Three Grand Events Saturday, November 14 was a special day. It was very full, but touched a lot of points. My day began with an interview at the San Diego State University Special Collections Room. I was interviewed by filmmaker John Borowski for one segment of his upcoming television series. He interviewed me and taped the conversation for over two hours. The setting was an extensive Peoples Temple Collection that Dr. Rob Ray, the SDSU Archivist, has set up. The collection has all types of media productions and other memorabilia from Jonestown survivors and other diverse sources. In ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – A Survivor and More

HOW DOES THE TERM “SURVIVOR” FIT ME? I was interviewed this week by Torrey Bailey from SD City Beat. She asked me how the term “Survivor” fits me. I have traveled through many labels in my life. I began as a zealot. The first twenty years of my life, I searched, experimented, and followed my passions. I made lousy decisions as well as some good ones. But, I stayed optimistic, thinking things would always work out for me. When I moved into Peoples Temple in March of 1970, I was still a zealot. I was willing to be a very ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Answers a Author’s Questions

An author who hopes to write a realistic fiction book sent me this list of her final questions before finishing up her writing. I am including my answers here. • I'm trying to find more information about day-to-day life in the Ukiah/SF Peoples Temple, especially the experiences of children. To my understanding, children came to the Temple after school for tutoring, swimming lessons, group activities, choir practice, etc., but I can't find much more than surface information. Was this only for Wednesday School, or did most members (and their children) come to the Temple every day for services and other ...

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WHIRLWIND TOUR for JONESTOWN SURVIVOR

I just returned from two weeks speaking at the Shaker Village and other venues in Lexington, KY, and at Grand Valley State University and other sites in Grand Rapids, Michigan, speaking about my life and my book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look. I presented at the Communal Studies Association Conference, at several libraries, at a news station, at a Book Group, at several Quaker Meetings, and at the University. I always come back from my trips inspired by the people I meet. The deaths in Jonestown, at the hands of Jim Jones and his small band of secretaries and ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Presents at Lexington Beaumont Branch Library

On Thursday night, October 1, I presented as a JONESTOWN SURVIVOR at Lexington's Beaumont Branch Library. The wonderful Librarian sent me this note and some of these photos. Thank you very much for presenting your program at the Beaumont Branch of the Lexington Public Library. I've attached the photos I took and I would like to share some of the comments with you: "Amazing. Profound. Humbling. Thank you!" "Amazing speaker, very intelligent, articulate, and emotional (in a good way!). Super important point of view about a topic that is very hard to understand." "Amazing woman & fantastic presentation. More people need to know!" "This ...

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