If one measure of my book’s success is how many ways it can be improved in the second edition, then the book is doing quite well. A second edition is in the works, so here’s a sneak peek at its status:
New photos! Soon after the book’s publication in 2015, I knew I’d be able to fill at least a dozen empty “no photo available” frames, in a second edition. There’s one new name, and a handful of corrections.
Not just faces, names and ages, but more. Later that year, former Temple member John Cobb suggested I include remembrances left on each person’s Jonestown Institute Who Died page. He hoped it could be available on “a permanent website.” Now that I have finished my Birthday Project, I will start working on that. A print edition may follow in time, as I will do the website first.
Luckily, I have more than 800 of the 2015 edition books left, and I’m giving them now free to any family members I find who would welcome one. I’m counting on all to spread word of this, while it lasts, to far-flung descendants who cherish memories of ones they lost, whether they met them or not.
(Kathy [Tropp] Barbour joined Peoples Temple in 1970 with her companion, Richard Tropp, and was living in the San Francisco Temple on November 18, 1978. The website for her book, Who Died? is here. Her other articles in this edition of the jonestown report are The United States of Jonestown, Alive and Well; Jim Jones, MK-ULTRA Poster Child?; and The Birthday Project Comes to an End. Her earlier writings on this site can be found here. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)