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  • Peoples Temple Collection (1972-1990)

Mike Prokes tapes phone call with Leslie Gelb, 1977, transcript

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Mike Prokes tapes phone call with Leslie Gelb, 1977, transcript
August 1977
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McGehee III, Fielding M.
This is a transcript of the segment of the original tape that appears in this database as an audio file. The original tape was retrieved by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of their inquiry into the assassination of Congressman Leo J. Ryan on November 18, 1978 and numbered Q665. It was reviewed by their agent in 1979. The whole transcript prepared by Fielding M. McGehee III, along with the complete sound file and a summary by McGehee, are on the Jonestown Institute's Web site. At the end of the summary of side two, which includes this conversation, McGehee states that it "was apparently recorded about one week after Jim Jones left the U.S. for Guyana." Note the misidentification of Leslie Gelb as a "New York Times reporter," whereas at this point Gelb, who had been a correspondent for the Times the year before, had become the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs in February of 1977 (through June 1979). Also, the article read is not from the New York Times but from the August 15, 1977 issue of Newsweek "Temple Trouble." Prokes was a spokesperson for the Peoples Temple. The title here was provided by Fielding M. McGehee III.
Fielding M. McGehee III; Peoples Temple; Leslie Gelb; Mike Prokes; Jonestown; Michael Prokes; Transcripts; Cults
1859 Geary
California - San Francisco -Western Addition
Article "Temple Trouble" from Newsweek copyright 1977. Otherwise, copyright interests in these materials have not been determined. The user must assume full responsibility for the use of the materials and credit the Jonestown Institute for other portions.
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5 pages
audio at Q655; summary at Q655
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