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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 6, Q622 - Part 2, Jim Jones phone call with John Maher | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 6, Q622 - Part 2, Jim Jones phone call with John Maher
Spring 1976

This tape includes a number of phone calls placed by Jim Jones to different people in San Francisco early in 1976, although the first conversation takes up three-quarters of the tape.

In the first conversation, Jones discusses political strategy with John Maher, the head of the Delancey Street Foundation, a support group for ex-convicts and rehabilitating drug addicts. The conversation has already started when the tape begins — and whatever reasons Jones may have given for calling Maher are not included — but Maher has an understanding of San Francisco politics that Jones acknowledges ("You’re very much more aware of the grassroots political process") and admires ("He’s a smart fucker," Jones tells a secretary in the next phone call). In the course of the conversation, Jones describes Maher as his mentor, as a "man of character" for whom he has the highest respect, and even as a man who should be president (although Jones’ tone in the last compliment is somewhat offhanded).

The two men discuss the upcoming 1976 presidential primary in California and consider which of the two leading Democratic candidates — Georgia governor Jimmy Carter or California governor

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestown website, along with the tape transcript.

Phys. Desc:
Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_18.03 Part 2
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