Testimonials re: LAURENCE CHERNIAK (added to the internet
February 2006, Six testimonials to a page).
CAPTAIN ADOLPHO FERRER LUTZOW, of Mexico, in
Don RAOUL, during the1970s, was one of the most influential people in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. I will never forget the gracious courtesies he extended to me, my 1st wife DIANA MARJORIE CHERNIAK and my children OSIRIS ARI deLAURENCE CHERNIAK and AURORA-SUNRISE CHERNIAK.
We often luxuriated in his palatial home adjacent to the famous trees, on the boulevard, where the migration of the Monarch Butterflies end their long flight each year.
Don RAOUL introduced me to many things about Mexico and its history. He helped me to accomplish things that catapulted my career and hobby as a photojournalist to levels that most people are lucky to dream of. In fact whenever I had a dream to do something in Mexico, especially in the state of OAXACA, I could always turn to Don RAOUL. He made sure, every time, that the success of my endeavors would always come true. Don RAOUL, like so many people that I have known and been able to respect, was a true lover of what artists do..."Give people hope".
The first of these testigos (testimonials), came in 1978, from CAPTAIN ADOLPHO FERRER LUTZOW. It gives me permission to take photos and write stories while travelling throughout any of the places in Mexico where marijuana and other illicit operations were being conducted . CAPTAIN ADOLPHO's letter helped me to pursue photography as a craft more than any other incident, up to that point in my life..."for the purpose of continuing their scientific studies that brings realizations to many Nations of the world, and which are published in the magazine HIGH TIMES, where the Senor Laurence is a correspondent."
First is CAPTAIN ADOLPHO's Spanish version with an English translation directly below.
With almost every testimonial a caption will rest beneath of each of these images.
CAPTAIN ADOLPHO FERRER LUTZOW: also arranged for me to go flying in the private small engine planes that the policia rented to spot grow operations from the air.
CAPTAIN ADOLPHO FERRER LUTZOW was a wonderful person who enjoyed making several appointments for me to meet so many people and record any set of circumstances I wished.
Don RAOUL arranged for me to meet the world renowned MARIA SABINA, whose family made famous the Magic Mushrooms of Oaxaca. GORDON WASSON, who pioneered research in psychotropic mushrooms, learned their secret from her when he visited and took the Mushrooms in 1955. After that, he took the spores to ALBERT HOFFMAN, who identified one of its components, psilocin. HOFFMAN gained world attention for his discovery of LSD (1943). For complete details on MARIA SABINA and the Magic Mushrooms see Book V (5) of THE GREAT BOOKS OF HASHISH - subtitled RESEARCHING THE PLEASURES OF THE HIGH SOCIETY by LAURENCE CHERNIAK.
SENOR Don RAOUL FERNANDEZ: is someone that I will forever be indebted to. He was so wonderful every time we met and thanks to his kind love and influence I arranged for me to be escorted by his people, to meet, more than once, with one of the most the legendary ladies of all time. La "Bruja de los hongos" "MARIA SABINA".This above letter was given to me, as a great surprise, by CAPTAIN ADOLFO. I never had asked for anything like this but to ensure the safety and my little family and myself it was a honor to have it with me while traveling through possible areas where mercenaries were plying their trade.
|JOHN MERGLER: Deepest thanks and graciousness to John Mergler who so kindly had me exhibit my paintings at the Faywood Art Centre. Special thanks also to Myron Winnick, (my favorite Uncle Leo's son) for introducing me to Mr. Mergler. May they each have all their wishes come true.|
letter was one of the first of several that was, one day, to bring a new
meaning to "Dreams Coming True". The
higher concept is "Wildest
Dreams Coming True"
which only happens when it happens by a surprise chance of luck...in this
case it was not only having one of my paintings used to visually launch
the first ever event of it's kind "The Inaugural Toronto Arts Week"...
|THE ART SERVICES AGENCY INC: Above is a Press Release that served to inform the media and the public of so many wonderful events that I was fortunate to have happen in my life.|
(IODE) IMPERIAL ORDER
OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE. are a group of wonderful
who support a wide variety of people from all walks. They encouraged me
to keep in touch with them. I did so on a regular
basis, as the years went
by. Previously they kindly granted me a bursary to attend The
NATIONAL THEATRE SCHOOL OF CANADA. From NTS (in 1967) I went directly
to the Stratford
Festival in Stratford, Ontario, to be on stage as an actor,
performing in Richard III and Antony and Cleopatra.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, dear ladies from THE IMPERIAL ORDER OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE.
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