Thursday, June 8, 1978

The Defense of Cain -- First Draft finished

Event: June 8, 1978.
Updated: January 16, 2015

Cover page for first performance notes to audience in August 1978

In a cover letter for a first manuscript of my play The Defense of Cain, dated June 8, 1978, submitted to John R. Howard, then president of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, I mentioned in a PS dated a day later having just that morning (6/9/78) become aware of the change of policy toward the Negro by the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City. Howard had become my friend and mentor since we had first met in his college office in March 1972. He had long encouraged me to write something about my personal story.

16 Jan 15. Below is a scan of the 3-page cover letter to John Howard, mentioned above. The hand-written note on page 1 to "Jim", dated 10/6/02 is to my second son. It notes a "synchronicity" of the birth date of his youngest brother Johnny whose namesake was John Howard.

Since dreams and dream work had become a subject of interest to Howard, I felt comfortable to include a dream of that very morning (8 Jun 78), which contained him as an inner character. From today's perspective (16 Jan 15) that dream takes on new meaning, which is a subject for further consideration in the not too distant future.

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Monday, May 15, 1978

Eyring Research Institute

Original document: 10 May 1978
Latest update: 28 November 2009

In April 1978, I attended a meeting of the Los Angles Interstake Business and Professional Association. The guest speaker was Dr. Ron Hanson, president of the Eyring Research Institute in Provo, Utah. This was the first I'd heard of ERI and was eager to know what they were all about. I don't remember most of what Hanson spoke about, but when he came to "energetics", I listened more carefully. But did not understand everything he said. So, after his talk I came up to him and asked, "What do you know about psy warfare defense preparedness?" His answer was immediate: "It's classified." I responded, "I think you ought to know about my meetings with J.B. Rhine in 1964-5." He said he'd get back to me.

A day or so later he called from ERI to ask if I could come immediately to Provo to discuss the subject with a group of military and scientific personnel from Hill Air Force Base. Attached is a memo to the management of ECP in El Segundo, California, for which I worked on engineering R&D projects, describing the two initial meetings with ERI. They urged me to respond to ERI's invitation ASAP.

At the first get-acquainted meeting, I was tasked to write a concept paper to present at a second meeting. Below is that concept paper.

Some weeks after presenting this concept paper I was invited to come to ERI to work on a proposal for the USAF at my earliest convenience. I made arrangements to move to Provo by the following December. Upon arriving to work with the ERI staff and Hill AFB personnel, I was informed that the project would concentrate mainly on physical phenomena. This was in a different direction from my own interests. Whereas my personal interest was in psy warfare defense preparedness, the staff at ERI was more interested in PK effects that would compromise the USAF missile defense structure. That was the direction that the formal proposal took and I was powerless to influence that decision.

A formal proposal was developed, which was entitled XXXXXXX. and came within a whisker of being funded. One of the anonymous DOD proposal referees was Jack Houck, then director of special (classified) projects for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in Seal Beach, California. I did not know of Houck at the time, but learned years later (from him) that he had vigorously urged that the proposal be funded. Upon learning of the funding failure, Houck began his own private program to research the subject, using the ERI proposal as an initial guide. His investigations resulted in the now well-known and internationally popular "PK Party". See the latest on this story here.