Meanderings By MARK RAYMOND It is difficult to express the feelings of pain, of sorrow, of helplessness, in the aftermath of the Jonestown tragedy. It is too personal, the names, the faces too real In the news business, it is easy to become cynical, distant, unfeeling about tragedy — a defense mechanism because there is so much suffering. If it were all taken personally, the burden would become too intense to bear But the People's Temple story touches too close to home to ignore or subjugate to a vacant niche in the subconscious It involves people who lived and worked right here; people dealt with on a day-to-day basis; people whose names and faces appeared in the -pages of this newspaper. I have the image of Jim Jones in my mind, etched on a September day in 1972. I knew nothing of Jones or the temple on that day. I have gone back and reread the story written after that interview. It is less than adequate. There is so much missing, so much between the lines. Given the same assignment today, if he were still alive, the story would have read much differently. Too late * I read Sunday where a cub reporter in -Seattle had been assigned to interview .^ones back tn 1971, and had never tyritten the story about the People's 'Temple leader because the reporter said he felt threatened, that Jones had "investigated" him prior to the interview. When the reporter told the FBI about the interview and vague "threat," an agent reportedly told the writer that not printing the story was the smartest thing he ever did. I saw a different Jim Jones back in 1972. He was at the time in the midst of a controversy generated by the Rev. Lester Kinsolving, religion editor of the San Francisco Examiner. With the help of Ukfah Baptist minister Richard Taylor, Kinsolving had written a series of five articles on the temple, Jones and then Assistant District Attorney Tim Stoen, alleging Jones was a fraud and was ripping people off. My assignment was to go out and interview Jones to "get the other side of the story." I wasn't instructed to get the whole story, or to investigate the charges — simply to get the other side. Which I did. It was probably one of the poorest pieces of interview journalism ever written. But it didn't bother me at the time. I had done as I was told After two articles in the five-part Kinsolving series had appeared, the exposes were killed after threat of suit against the Examiner, and demonstrations by temple members in The City Kinsolving later left the Examiner under less than amicable circumstances. I don't claim to having had the foresight or even the desire to dig into Jim Jones' past or his temple activities. I had neither the time nor the inclination. Nor the support to do so. The organization I helped to start, Big Brothers, accepted money from the People's Temple. I was interviewed by Mike Prokes, the temple's information officer, back in 1974 for an article in the temple newspaper. (Prokes is one Of three persons ordered by Jones to flee the Jonestown massacre with a suitcase full of money and a letter addressed to the Soviet embassy in Guyana) I received letters from temple members praising my community activity. They later sent hate mail when alleged temple activities were written up in a less-than-pleasing (to the temple) light. In that 1972 interview, Jones came on as an intelligent, articulate humanitarian. His public activities did nothing to tarnish that image, though his private life may have countered all the good the temple was doing. I was not threatened then, nor to my knowledge investigated. The interview was published as written But it is not because I once met Jones that the Guyana tragedy strikes home. It is because of Tim Stoen and others that the overpowering feeling of sorrow pervades. Stoen is a gentleman, a scholar, a gem among men He was totally dedicated to Jones and the temple, just as he was devoted to his job as advisor to the board of supervisors here for six years. I want so badly to ask Tim "why." I may get that chance I won't rest until I do. I feel guilty right now. I'm not alone. How many others are contemplating the events in Jonestown and kicking themselves for not asking questions sooner, or digging deeper or taking the initiative to look beyond the facade— even if it meant losing a job to do it. It would have been worth 912 lives. Tuesday, November 28, 1978 Ukiah Daily Journal, Ukiah, Calif—3 WEATHER ACROSS THE NATION By United Press International After some spotty dense morning fog, California turned sunny Monday. Some high cloudiness affected the northern half of the state but it was too thin to stop the sunshine. The clouds thickened toward evening in areas near the Oregon Border and last night a few light showers fell. High temperatures Monday afternoon were similar to those of the past few days, in the 50s in the north and 60s in the south, dropping into the 30s and 40s in the Sierra Nevada. The forecast through tonight calls for a chance of rain in the northwest corner of the state and Sacramento Valley with snow spreading southward from northeastern California into the Sierra. For the remainder of the state, today should be another nice sunny day, although some valleys will again have locally dense fog this morning. High temperatures will be in the 50s in the north and mostly in the 60s in the south and central portions. Over the Sierra, high temperatures will be mainly in the 30s. New England, New York and New Jersey took their first real licks from a preview of winter without hurting much from the experience. "We'd like to have them all go like this," National Weather Service spokesman Al Cote, in Boston, said Monday night. A warming trend changed the snow to rain in many areas. Traffic was slowed but not paralyzed, and just two deaths were attributed to slick pavement. Snow accumulated up to 6 inches and freezing rain glazed roads and windshields in many areas. The weather was blamed for the deaths of two people whose small car skidded into another lane and plowed into an oil truck in White Plains, NY. "People have to learn to drive in this stuff all over again," a deputy in New York's Monroe County said. Even so, State Police in Massachusetts said most motorists exercised caution and common sense to keep accidents to a minimum. A TWA DC -9 carrying 79 passengers slid off an icy runway on takeoff from Newark Airport, but no one was injured. Passengers bound for Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and St. Louis were sent on later flights. The first snowfall of the season covered the New York City area. In New York State, most snow accumulations ranged from 1 to 3 inches with mountain areas getting more. Newport, Vt., had a total of 6 inches of snow, 3 of it new. Burlington, Vt., had 4 inches of new snow. The NWS said more heavy snow might fall today. Up to a foot of snow was forecast in the northern portions of New York, Maine and Vermont. Travel advisories were in effect for parts of western Pennsylvania, southeastern New York, northern New Jersey and Long Island. In the Northwest, Spokane, Wash., had an inch of new snow. The NWS forecast up to 4 inches of snow in northern Idaho and freezing rain or snow in northeastern Oregon, issuing a travelers advisory for both states. 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