Posts Tagged ‘Leigh Fondakowski’

Jonestown Survivor is Editor of Guyanese Perspective Section of the Jonestown Report

[caption id="attachment_2073" align="alignnone" width="3200"] Evergreen Cemetery - Peoples Temple Panels[/caption]the jonestown report As a Jonestown Survivor, I am working on a very interesting project. The Jonestown Institute publishes (now on-line) a yearly "report" with writing from many sources about all things Peoples Temple. This year, I am editor of a "Guyanese Perspective" section. Over the past week, I have heard from about 150 Guyanese about their experiences with Peoples Temple in Guyana. It is fascinating! The articles will appear in the November issue of The Jonestown Report - take a look at last year's edition at: http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=67218 the jonestown report, Volume 18, November ...

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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 AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR AT BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL 2015                Last weekend, I hosted an Author’s Table at the Bay Area Book Festival, on Literary Lane in Berkeley. I met many old friends and met even more new ones. Whenever I do Book Talks around the country, I bring my photo boards with photos from many of the aspects of Peoples Temple. One poster shows many pictures from Jonestown, while the other shows photos of important milestones from the past thirty-six years since November 18, 1978. I also had my copy of Kathy Barbour’s newly-published book, Who Died, which is a photographic ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: A Tribute to PJ Paparelli

Hello everyone, Today, Leigh let Mac know that PJ Paparelli was killed in a car accident while vacationing in Scotland. He was the superb Artistic Director from the Chicago American Theater Company where Leigh's play "The Peoples Temple" was presented. Claire, Nel and I flew to Chicago to see it. Last June, PJ and his Assistant brought twenty inner-city high school drama students out to meet us, to visit CHS, and to get some California air. So many people jumped in to speak with the students, i remember Alan, Garry, Tim, Jordan, Eugene, Stephan, Vern and I spent time, and others ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Meets ATC Actors

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR NEWS: On Tuesday June 25, 2013, in San Francisco, I met with members of the American Theater Company from Chicago. They are acting in Leigh Fondakowski's play THE PEOPLES TEMPLE. These high school students came to visit the California Historical Society to look at the Peoples Temple archive. They will meet other survivors, visit Evergreen Cemetery, and visit Ukiah. They will perform at the ATC, in Chicago, in late July.

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR ON THE MOVE

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR will be traveling to exciting places these next six months. I'll be spending time in San Diego - at libraries, historical societies, and local universities and colleges. But, I'll also fly off to the East Coast and visit Pennsylvania for a Communal Studies Conference, and visit York University. My biggest trip will be to Mexico City to present my Spiritual Journey. The two other things are in the works. A Peoples Temple Oral History Project is starting, which will likely consume the rest of my summer, and will be an ongoing effort. ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Welcomes American Theater Company Actors

Hello everyone, Last week, I got this email from PJ Paparelli at the Chicago American Theater Company. Several years ago, Claire and I flew out to Chicago, and Nell came over from Indianapolis, to see the play. We were able to support Leigh and the American Theater Company by attending the play. PJ hosted us and has become a good friend. Here is PJ's email: American Theater Company has grown so much since you were here in 2008. Besides are productions, we have an amazing education program in the Chicago Public Schools. Last year we started a Youth Ensemble ...

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JONESTOWN’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY and PUBLIC CURIOSITY

We are running towards the 35th anniversary of Jonestown. Thirty-five years ago this November, we lost 918 wonderful and dedicated people. A new interest in Peoples Temple and all things Jonestown is underway. Just within these past few weeks, I have been on the Ricki Lake show, and I will appear at Puget Sound University, California State University – San Marcos, Western Washington University and Fresno Pacific University. I will also speak to libraries, Quaker venues, and other communities. Today, I was contacted by a 17-year-old Irish student about an on-line interview. I ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Recommends Stories from Jonestown

I am a Jonestown survivor. I met Leigh, Gregg, and Margo in 2002 when they visited me at my home in San Diego. My interview was wonderful. I felt free to discuss my deepest pain and my own truth. A few years later, I was able to see how Leigh had pulled together all the survivors' stories, and put them in her play "THE PEOPLES TEMPLE." She was very exacting and astute in picking up the message I wanted to share. Other survivors felt the same way. Her play was shown in Berkeley, ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Author Awaits Leigh Fondakowski’s New Book

I am eagerly awaiting a book due out this October 2012. Leigh Fondakowski has a new book coming out called "Stories from Jonestown." It will be published by University of Minnesota Press. About ten years ago, Leigh was contracted by the Z Studio (David Dower) in San Francisco to write a play about peoples Temple and Jonestown. Leigh had been the primary writer for "The Laramie Project" and received an Emmy Award nomination for it. Leigh and her wonderful colleagues spoke with as many survivors as they could and put together a magnificent play "The Peoples Temple." ...

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