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.

Monday, December 31, 1973

1973 Notes

Los Angeles Center, 1973 (Robert Burton, right rear)

[ed. - Photo from Internet Archive. Timelines provided by Harold Wirk, here and here.]
January
Whitman House vacated (1/1/73)
David [David Guido?] moves to Carmel
Nadia [Nadia Mattle] quit
Hawaii open meetings
Robert writes to Alex Horn
Meetings at Stella's [Stella Wirk] and James Vincent's [James Vincent Randazzo]
Magazine set up at Stella's
February
Whitman painting finished
Meeting at Rosie's [Rosemary MacDonald]
April
In Second "Play of Crime," [James Vincent Randazzo is asked to leave the Fellowship of Friends. Apparently, he stole funds. James will go on to found the "Spiral of Friends" and establish a criminal record.]
Robert: "School of Literature"
May
Santa Barbara group [formed?]
(Paper moves to Santa Barbara)
 Sacramento group [formed?]
June
Sold airplane
"Second Farm Octave [project]" begins
San Diego [group formed?]
July
Paper octave ends
August
2nd Farm Octave begins
September
Lake Tahoe trip
Seattle Center begins
During this period, Randy Olsen and Drew Kampion are the only two members living on the Fellowship farm.
Payments: $60 per month
October
Robert moves out of Carmel
November
2nd Mercedes-Benz purchased
Robert trades in diamond ring
December
Carmel Center tape records "The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution" [by P.D. Ouspensky]
Farm party
Look for 2nd ranch ($24,000 saved for ranch)
Many car problems

"silentpurr" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 19, 2011:
Robert, sitting in my grandmother’s rocking chair, asked me the title of the music we were listening to. It was Pachebel’s canon. 1973. [ed. - That would become the Fellowship's "theme song."]

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