Benjamin Franklin

January, 1976
1976 HFP, Volume 8 Number 1

NBC replaced its famous peacock logo with a stylized letter N. Ted Turner bought the Atlanta Braves baseball team for $12 million. Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Ford. The supersonic Concorde jet began regular service to the UK and France. And the sitcom "LaVerne and Shirley", a spinoff of "Happy Days," premiered on NBC.

Our brother Jackson Wilcox created our cover tribute to Benjamin Franklin, portrayed flying his famous kite in the storm (but without the key -- oops!) along with the quote that Franklin "never doubted the existence" of God. Jackson also drew a full-page comic of Nicodemus' visit to Jesus at night when Jesus told him that "you must be born again," and a third comic about "the masterpiece of God's creation."

With the new year came a new commitment to use the Hollywood Free Paper as an "inreach" to take the gospel to men and women, boys and girls in jails, prisons and other "correctional institutions" nationwide. Our choice of articles and topics reflected that new purpose. Our friend Ronald wrote of how he survived a fire in the solitary block of state prison, praying to Jesus for help when the guards were unable to open the doors. Chaplain Leotis Crawford told the exciting story of how he went from being an inmate at Los Angeles' huge Central Juvenile Hall to being the chaplain at the same facility. In "Lonely, Afraid and Hurt," Barbara, another of our friends, told her story of finding true happiness in Jesus and was set free from prescription drugs and chasing material comforts that could never satisfy.

Our founding editor Duane Pederson wrote the first of a series of articles on Christian Meditation. "Whatever happened to Christians who meditate?" he asked. "Have Christians forgotten their rich heritage in meditation? In the rush of modern life, have we passed over the art of being still?"

We were offering a free copy of Duane's book "Jesus Is Alive and Well" to any prisoner who wrote and asked for one.

P. Morris drew the cartoon shown at right about being slaves to sin. The photo at lower right shows two Jesus People, one younger, one older, at a Gathering in Los Angeles. There was no "generation gap" in the Jesus Movement!

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