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Hollywood Meetup -- "The Three Christs of Ypsilanti" by Milton Rokeach

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From the Publisher's notes: "On July 1, 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social pyschologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The men had one thing in common: each believed himself to be Jesus Christ. Their extraordinary meeting and the two years they spent in one another's company serves as the basis for this investigation into the nature of human identity, belief, and delusion that is poignant, amusing, and at the same time disturbing. Displaying the sympathy and subtlety of a gifted novelist, Rokeach draws us into the lives of three troubled and profoundly different men who find themselves 'confronted with the ultimate contradiction conceivable for human beings: being more than one person claiming the same identity.'"

From an review: "This narrative study . . . was referred to me by a schizophrenic patient living at the adult psychiatric facility where I am employed (there could be no greater recommendation). The fascinating coincidence that so many Christs would arrive at one institution is what drew me to the story. One Christ, maybe. But three? I couldn't stop myself from investigating further. And I wasn't disappointed once I chose to explore the many, varied worlds of the manic Savior(s): the Son, the Son and the Son!"

We will meet at Pimai Restaurant at 12:30 p.m. Pimai is located in a small strip mall at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Canyon Drive, across the street from the Gelson's Market, less than a mile from downtown Hollywood and only a few blocks from the 101 Freeway. There is plenty of parking on Canyon Drive within a block of the restaurant. Please resist the temptation to park in the Gelson's lot. You may be towed.

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