Posts Tagged ‘Jonestown Speakers’ Bureau’

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 Interviewed on “My Inner Fuel” Radio Program

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interviewed - Program to be aired shortly after November 8, 2015. I was interviewed for "My Inner Fuel" Radio Program, by the Co-Founder of the Positivity Effect Program, Dr. Thomas Recher. As a Peoples Temple survivor, author and educator, I was interviewed by Dr. Thomas Recher. Positivity is essential for moving on past almost insurmountable obstacles we all face in our lives. For me, it was a two-edged sword. It both got me into deep water, and allowed me to survive and even thrive after the tragedy of Jonestown. The show will be aired in November - the ...

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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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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR EVENTS SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2015

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR BOOK EVENTS Over the Next 30 days September 18 Internet Radio Interview on AUTHORESS, with Terry E. Lyle. September 19 SKYPE interview with UK writer Robin S. Boyd. She contacted me saying “I'm currently working on a narrative feature film project with British producers Dean M. Woodford and Sebastian Street (Tomorrow, Exec. produced by Martin Scorsese) and I would love to include your story and portrayal in our film, I'm also very interested in your involvement with the Black Panthers. October 1 6-8 p.m. Lexington Public Library, Beaumont Branch, Lexington, Ky. October 2 10:30-12 noon Presentation at Shaker Village, Pleasant Hill, Ky. ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR to Speak at Communal Studies Association Conference

Jonestown Survivor will be speaking at the Communal Studies Association Conference in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky on October 2, 2015. Here is the block I'll be speaking with: 10:30-12:00 SESSION 2 IN FOUR VENUES & CONCURRENT SITE TOUR OPTIONS (Sign-up sheets)    Session 2A -  Musical Landscapes of Community Roger Hall “My Shaker Home”:  The last Shaker song and the pure mountain air    Denise Seachrist Shaping the Faithful:  The Music of Snow Hill Etta Madden Shaping the Social Landscape: La Bagnaia and the Sienese Mountain Songs of May     Session 2B --  Landscapes of Distress Stewart Davenport This is NOT the Place: Inhospitable Environments for Communal Experiments Laura Kohl PEOPLES TEMPLE LANDSCAPES - Jonestown and Georgetown Charles ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR – Why Revisit Jonestown and Guyana?

  Jonestown Survivor - many Jonestown survivors - will return to Guyana for a Visit, Likely in March 2016 I have been in contact with many survivors who plan to go back to Guyana, on an arranged trip, in March 2016. In response to some of the concerns people brought up, I have thought more about why I am interested in going. This is what I wrote to those already committed to go, and those who are making up their minds now. Hi everyone, A couple of people have spoken to Melissa, and/or me about thoughts about the return trip to Guyana. Really, this ...

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