Posts Tagged ‘survival’

JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Setting up Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 Speaking Events

Dear Colleague: I am a survivor of Jonestown, a member of the Board of the Communal Studies Association and annual Presenter, a newly-retired California teacher, the author of JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider’s Look, and a collector of Oral History. I have been involved with The Jonestown Institute for the past fifteen years, and have written numerous articles and participated in many documentaries and interviews in every format.  My website is www.jonestownsurvivor.com. My Oral History project is blossoming. I have completed ten recorded interviews, and plan ten more this year. Additionally, I plan to be the Project Director of a new Oral ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR HAS BUSY SCHEDULE ON NOVEMBER 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 Here is the schedule for this November 18, the 36th anniversary. BOOK LAUNCH 10 a.m. (details of location are being worked out as we speak) Kathy Tropp Barbour has created a book of photos called Who Died, with photos of all of our friends and family from Jonestown. Kathy will be there with proofs of her Who Died book pages, and order forms to order a book.  The books will be available by the end of November, for $39.82 (includes tax and shipping). Take a look at the attachments. EVERGREEN CEMETERY, 6450 Camden St., Oakland, California 94605 We will gather at Evergreen ...

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Final Jonestown Cremated Remains Find their Home

Three months ago, a Dover, Delaware Forensics Investigator discovered the cremated remains of nine Jonestown victims in an abandoned funeral home. For the past several months, a number of people from the media, The Jonestown Institute, and the Dover Forensics Investigators Office worked to locate the family members and relatives of these nine remains. I was delighted to be able to help with the location of living relatives.  Seven of the nine were successfully located, with several of the families deciding to have their loved ones buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, with the over-four-hundred other victims. The cremains of ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR SHARES WONDER OF DEEP FRIENDSHIPS

UNITY I have taken on a new project since I retired from twenty-five years of teaching on June 12, 2014. A psychologist friend and I got a $10,000 grant to gather an Oral History Collection of Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivors and family members. It has been a deeply meaningful project for me already. I have interviewed and recorded Oral Histories from five good friends. My Peoples Temple family is a connection I treasure with people of every background. In interviews with just these five, I have recorded how this diverse group came to Peoples Temple ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Interview – by a High School Student

With Miss Hanson's permission, I am posting her paper about Peoples Temple and her interviews with survivors. I think she did an outstanding job presenting the background. I have not changed any of her writing, though admittedly, there are some typos and such. This is her paper. (Survivors frequently get requests for interviews from Middle school and high school students through researchers earning their doctorates.) The Jonestown Massacre MacKenzie C Hanson Rosemount High School Introduction “Jonestown did not begin and end on November 18th, 1978.” (Fielding McGehee, personal communication, May 7, 2014). Jonestown is more commonly known for its massacre that ...

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SURVIVORSHIP – by Jonestown Survivor

SURVIVORSHIP I am a survivor. I have escaped many mishaps in my life as I learned about myself and the world I live in. The one I carry around with me at all times – really part of my living and breathing – is my survival from the death of the dream of Peoples Temple. I lost 913 of my very dearest friends and adopted family members and just escaped with my own life. I know the tragic stories of the other survivors and many of the families who lost their loved ones. ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR:An Insider’s Look is now a NOOK Book!

I just published my book on NOOK - with Barnes & Noble. Now, I have printed books, eBooks, kindle AND NOOK. My next projects are to do a YouTube video and an audio book. After the Communal Studies Association Conference this weekend - I might be inspired to gather all of my twenty-or-so recent documents and publish another book.

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR Advice on Survival

A close friend referred a woman who had suffered through an unbelievably horrific cult experience. The woman is on her own survival track, but is trying to help some others who experienced the same cult. In her group, the daily offenses were beyond our wildest nightmares. She was referred to me so that I could make some suggestions on how to survive it all. Here is part of what I wrote to her: I do know that there is a very thin line between good and really evil behavior, and that it is too easily crossed. I ...

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JONESTOWN SURVIVOR hosts North County Authors and Poet Table

On Sunday, June 3, I hosted an Authors' Table with the North County Authors and Poets in Rancho Bernardo, northern San Diego County. RB Alive (Ranch Bernardo Alive) was a wonderful event and my day was enriched with some wonderful, deep conversations about Peoples Temple and my book JONESTOWN SURVIVOR: An Insider's Look. I had many questions about my religion. I am an atheist and Quaker - which seems strange to many people. You can check my earlier blog to see my response. I met a woman Pastor. She came buy my table just as ...

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Conversation with a JONESTOWN SURVIVOR

For nearly the first twenty years after I survived the deaths in Jonestown, Guyana, I didn’t tell close friends or acquaintances about my decade in Peoples Temple. My fellow residents in the Synanon community knew, as they had seen me drag myself in the door after my very rocky first year home, trying to survive in San Francisco. I couldn’t talk about it without sobbing, and I didn’t want the inevitable questions, or possibly scorn, from those who found out. That was true for my first ten years in Synanon, and for the next ten years after ...

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