by Elizabeth Stephens
Angel Corps, the Big Apple, Study Exams and Work
Since becoming a devout Buddhist I had been very busy working at the phone company, doing activities, having fun and trying to enjoy life to the fullest. I participated in as many activities as I could.
My time at General Telephone was filled with many experiences which would fill a book as well. I worked in customer service and being close to UCLA was often involved in serving students or in some cases investigation.
The Buddhist organization put on shows as public relations and I participated as much as possible. When I could, I would volunteer at the art warehouse to paint sets and help with costumes until all hours of the night.
In this first picture my little group was leaving for a big Buddhist convention in New York on July 4, 1976, the two hundredth anniversary of our country’s founding.
The next picture is when I was in charge of a care group called Angel Corps.
I also participated in the study academy and even got papered.
I started to enjoy myself and live a full life. I had parties at my house often. Here is a gathering of my district.
These were memories and experiences that I will never forget. Though I was so idealistic the interaction was like a large family. You had aunts and uncles and all kinds of cousins and you got to do all kinds of activities with them.
Here Jayne Murad, a very close friend and I were performing at a gathering. I had a favorite trumpet player, Triny Lopez and the Tijuana Brass that I followed and I started to take trumpet lessons. I found a teacher named Paul Salvo. My practice book was written by his father, Victor Salvo, so he was very good and by the way, at the time of writing this he is involved as a studio musician, playing for film such as, Star Trek and Mission Impossible 3 to name a few, AND he still gives lessons too so he is very, very good.
(Today as I just found out Jayne passed away I am very sad. I tried to reconnect with her and did track her down and talked to her mother that was a high leader in the organization and I did write Jayne a letter but never heard back from her.)