Deborah Lipp was kind enough to point me to a 1974 Tom Snyder interview with Isaac Bonewits, Ed Fitch, Fred Adams, and “Poke” Runyon. I’ve already tweeted about how young Isaac looks.
Then I came to later section of the interview. Tom Snyder asks about pagan beliefs in life after death. The other three agree with some notion of reincarnation. Isaac says:
“I do not have a personal belief in reincarnation or in survival after death, and that’s not a required belief in the groups with which I work. I just say ‘I don’t know. I’ll find out when the time comes.'”
Tom Snyder replies with a chuckle, “Won’t we all.”
And now Isaac knows. As does Fred Adams and Tom Snyder.
The crappiest thing about writing this biography is becoming aware of the heavy hand of time on those for whom I care and respect. Yes, the passage of time is natural and, as Tom Synder said, one day we’ll all have an answer about existence after death. I still feel sad at the consequences of age and loss. I see a picture of someone young and vital; I talk with them when they’re old or ill… or perhaps I cannot speak with them at all.
I don’t have an outline for Isaac Bonewits’ biography yet. Since I don’t know enough about Isaac’s life, creating an outline now will predispose me to a particular narrative. First I learn about Isaac, then I’ll decide how to tell his story.
Continue reading “Biographical research – the project”
In my last game review I described a complex game. Fluxx is a simple and fun card game.
Continue reading “Fluxx”
At Samhain, I made a “New Year’s resolution”: I was going to spend more time working on Isaac Bonewits’ biography.
Continue reading “Interview progress”
On the night before Thanksgiving, I got an unexpected call from Arthur. He said Mike was in town, had heard that I had a Lovecraft board game, and asked if they could both come over and play Arkham Horror. I asked, “Now?” Response: “Yes.”
Continue reading “Arkham Horror – part II”
I love to play games. I don't mean the kind where you mess with people's heads; I mean the kind where you sit around with a bunch of other folks and everyone has fun rolling dice or playing cards or whatever. I play my share of computer games; World of Warcraft and Skyrim are my current pastimes. That's mainly as a substitute for face-to-face interaction, not in place of it.
Once a month, I have a game night at my place, on the third Wednesday of the month. I used to host a Munchkin game on that night; that evolved into playing Argothald. I'd like to play other games, but that would mean playing more often, which means finding more gamers.
Or perhaps I can make them. This is the first of a series of reviews of games I enjoy. If one of them sounds interesting to you, let me know and we'll see what we can arrange.
Continue reading “Arkham Horror”
Yesterday I saw a community theater performance of "The Drowsy Chaperone." I don't normally go to theater, but I knew someone in the cast. I had a great time. It was a fine show, and I'd plug it… except that it was the last performance.
Continue reading “You can’t take me to the theater”
I'm testing the service Twitterfeed, which takes blog posts and cross-posts them to Facebook and Twitter. If this works, I won't have to worry about Facebook shutting down its RSS feed to its Notes application.
Facebook makes a change to encourage me to use it less. Smart move!
I'm writing a biography of Isaac Bonewits (with the support of Phaedra Bonewits, Deborah Lipp, and Arthur Lipp-Bonewits). I continue to search for people who knew Isaac Bonewits. I know I've posted these requests before, but sometimes persistence pays off.
Please let me know if you know how to get in touch with any of the following people. If you can, please boost the signal, and/or copy this request to any appropriate mail groups and message boards. You don't have to ask my permission before forwarding or copying this post.
Ron Wright was an editor of Gnostica in the 1970s, and Isaac's immediate superior. Four years ago, Ron Wright was the head of Big Mountain Publishing in Montana. But that web site is now defunct, and he may have moved.
Robert C. Pennell wrote fantasy novels and songs with Isaac in (I think) the 1970s.
Gavin and Yvonne Frost are the organizers of the Church of Wicca, and were good friends of Isaac starting in the 70s.
Dana R Beard knew Isaac around 1977. She would be around 50 now.
Jennifer Edytha "Jeni" Carroll would be in her mid-40s now. She knew Isaac in the mid 1980s.
Edna Marie "Meghan" Probst would be in her mid-40s now. Again, she was in contact with Isaac in the mid 1980s.
I already know that some of these people are readily found on Facebook, but those that are have not responded to Facebook messages. I'm looking for a way to contact any of them directly. I can be reached at bonewits.research of gmail.com.
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