Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Thursday, July 1, 1971

A prophecy is hatched

[ed. - This was inserted into the timeline approximately where the events described occurred.]

"Traveler" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 5, 2007:
The following information is collected from another site.

In 1971, Teacher and a student were riding in a relatively new Dodge Dart along Highway 1 near Carmel. Teacher was 32 years old at the time. They were listening to a baseball game on the car radio. As the odometer of the car hit the mileage number “1954″, they passed a mailbox which had the name Thompson on it. Teacher indicated that this was a shock, as in 1954, Bobby Thompson of the New York Giants had hit a famous home run in a playoff game (which Teacher had apparently heard on the radio). 44 miles later as the odometer hit 1998, the mailbox on the side of the road showed the number 41211. Teacher indicated that THIS was also a shock which meant that California was going to fall into the Pacific Ocean in 1998 on April 12th at 11 am.”

Burton believed that the oil company that used the advertising logo “UNION ’76″ was a sign from C Influence that he, Burton, would “crystallize into a man number six” in 1976.
[ed. - Bobby Thompson actually hit his famous home run in the 1951 play-offs. Though this prophecy was based upon faulty information, Burton would insist the gods had revealed the precise date of California's fall, almost 27 years hence. And he was deadly serious. He would constantly remind followers of the Fellowship's date with destiny, when most of the population in California would perish, but the Fellowship faithful would be safely above the flood in Oregon House. A few years later, as a young member, during frequent trips through the Sacramento Valley, I would say to myself, "You're driving across the ocean floor!"]

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